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2.3 - 2007 Reaffirmation Teams

The institution has a chief executive officer whose primary responsibility is to the institution and who is not the presiding officer of the board.

Compliance Judgment



President David E. Daniel is the Chief Executive Officer of The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) and neither serves on nor presides over the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System (UT System). Chairman James R. Huffines is the current presiding officer of the UT System Board of Regents; he was elected chairman in June 2004, and his term will end in February 2009 [1].

The Board of Regents appointed President Daniel as UT Dallas president in March of 2005, and he took office June 1, 2005. President Daniel’s curriculum vita demonstrates that he is qualified for the position [2]. President Daniel obtained his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. Before coming to UT Dallas, President Daniel was the dean of the College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U of IUC). Prior to serving as dean, President Daniel was a professor and head of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at U of IUC. He has been a member of the National Academy of Engineering since 2000.

President Daniel’s job description [3] aligns with Series 20201, Section 4, of the Regents’ Rules and Regulations which details the president’s functions, duties, and responsibilities [4]. Section 4 requires the president to (1) “develop and administer plans and policies for the program, organization, and operation of the institution,” (2) “interpret the System policy to the staff, and interpret the institution’s programs and needs to the System Administration and to the public,” (3) “develop and administer policies relating to students, and where applicable, to the proper management of services to patients,” (4) “recommend appropriate operating budgets and supervise expenditures under approved budgets,” (5) “nominate all members of the faculty and staff, maintain efficient personnel programs, and recommend staff members for promotion, retention, or dismissal for cause,” (6) “ensure efficient management of business affairs and physical property; and recommend additions and alterations to the physical plant,” (7) “serve as presiding officer at official meetings of faculty and staff of the institution, and as ex officio member of each college or school faculty (if any) within the institution,” (8) “appoint, or establish procedures for the appointment of all faculty, staff, and student committees,” (9) “cause to be prepared and submitted to the appropriate Executive Vice Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor and General Counsel for approval, the rules and regulations for the governance of the institution and any related amendments…such rules and regulations shall constitute the Handbook of Operating Procedures for that institution,” (10) “assume initiative in developing long-range plans for the program and physical facilities of the institution,” (11) “assume active leadership in developing private fund support for the institution in accordance with policies and procedures established in the Regents’ Rules and Regulations,” and (12) “develop and implement plans and policies to ensure that the institution remains in compliance with any accreditation requirements appropriate to the institution or its programs.”

As the chief executive officer of UT Dallas, and in accord with the job description for the president of UT Dallas, Dr. Daniel has direct responsibility “for the operation and management of the university” and “serves as the primary spokesperson and leader of the university [3].” Rather than being on the Board of Regents, he reports to it through the Chancellor and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the UT System [4], who along with the Board of Regents reviews the president annually as discussed in the responses to Principles 3.2.1 [5] and 3.2.10 [6].

Sections 1 and 2 of Series 20201 of the Regents’ Rules and Regulations also provide guidelines and procedures for selecting presidents in the UT System [4]. The selection process is initiated by the appointment of an advisory committee, consisting of one regent, two presidents, an executive vice chancellor, three faculty members, one dean, one student, the president of the alumni association, one non-faculty employee, and two members of the community. The advisory committee screens candidates for the board until there is an acceptable pool of candidates, which the committee forwards to the board for its consideration and decision. Section 2-100.0 of UT Dallas’ Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual reiterates that the Board of Regents appoints the president on recommendation of the chancellor [7].

Supporting Documents

Footnote Document
[1]Biographical and contact information for the Regents of The University of Texas System
[2]2006 Curriculum Vitae for David Daniel (dedaniel)
PDF Document, 14 Pages, 71.47 KB (cv1604)
[3]Job description: President - David Daniel (dedaniel)
PDF Document, 2 Pages, 24.75 KB (job1288)
[4]Series 20201: Presidents
PDF Document, 6 Pages, 23.83 KB (rule1036)
[5]Principle 3.2.1 - Board - Selection of CEO (u302)
Link to UT Dallas 2007-ccr Compliance Certification Report
[6]Principle 3.2.10 - Evaluation of Administrators (u314)
Link to UT Dallas 2007-ccr Compliance Certification Report
[7]Policy: General Appointment D2.100.0 local
PDF Document, 1 Page, 82.63 KB (policy1000)
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