2007 Reaffirmation Teams
3.2.8 - 2007 Reaffirmation Teams
The institution has qualified administrative and academic officers with the experience, competence, and capacity to lead the institution.
The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) has qualified, experienced, competent administrators who effectively lead the institution. At UT Dallas administrative officers include the president and the vice presidents; academic officers include all academic deans. Section 51.948 of the Texas Education Code (TEC) addresses the issue of “qualified administration” by requiring that before an individual can be hired as an administrative or academic officer, the governing board, which in UT Dallas’ case is The University of Texas System (UT System) Board of Regents, “determines that the contract is in the best interest of the institution .” Series 20201 of the Board of Regents’ Rules and Regulations defines the formal processes of selection and evaluation of the president of any component institution . As discussed in the response to Principle 2.3 , these processes involve screening by a distinguished committee and final approval of the Board of Regents to ensure the selection of the most competent individual available. The current president, Dr. David E. Daniel, who was appointed in 2005, has had a distinguished career as an engineer, professor, and university administrator. Prior to his appointment, which followed an open and competitive search, Dr. Daniel served as dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. As discussed in the response to Principle 3.2.1 , the president annually provides the chancellor and the executive vice chancellor with a work plan and an accomplishment report. The chancellor and the executive vice chancellor write a one-page response to these documents for the Board of Regents and then meet with the president to discuss their response. President Daniel has had two review meetings with the chancellor and executive vice chancellor-April 18, 2006  and June 7, 2007 . Each year, at the August meeting of the Board of Regents, the chancellor and executive vice chancellor present their responses to the board in executive session. The Board of Regents first evaluated President Daniel on August 9, 2006 ; his second performance evaluation takes place on August 22, 2007.
Series 20102 delegates to the president via the executive vice chancellor “the responsibility for the appointment and dismissal of all other administrative officers…including vice presidents and deans .” In addition, UT Dallas Policy Memorandum 06-III.30-92, Consultation in the Selection of Certain Key Administrative Officials, outlines specific policies and procedures for the selection of candidates for leading administrative positions (executive vice president and provost, graduate and undergraduate deans, and school deans) . Searches are advertised and open , and discrimination is prohibited . Search plans are required for all administrative and academic officers. These plans contain the description of the position, the required qualifications, and the names of the persons serving on the search committee. In accordance with the UT Dallas Affirmative Action Plan, the plans must be approved by the president or his designee .
Administrative officers serve without fixed terms and at the pleasure of the president. All vice presidents are evaluated annually each spring by the president . Similarly, the executive vice president and provost reviews the performance of the deans each spring. Both the reviews of the vice presidents and deans are done in writing and involve face to face meetings and frank discussions. Results of the evaluations of vice presidents are kept in the Office of the President. The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost houses the results of the deans’ evaluations.
As discussed in the response to Principle 3.2.10 , UT Dallas’ executive vice president and provost and the deans of the seven schools as well as the dean of undergraduate education and the dean of graduate studies undergo periodic evaluations . The president is responsible for overseeing the review of the executive vice president and provost and keeps the results of the review in the Office of the President. The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost manages the review process of the deans; the written results of these reviews are housed and available in the Executive Vice President and Provost’s Office. Because these reviews are based on upward evaluation by those whom the academic administrators are leading, the reviews offer evidence of the administrators’ capacity to lead the institution.
As part of UT Dallas’ credentialing process, every administrative and academic officer must submit a curriculum vitae, a transcript of the highest degree earned, and a job description against which the vitae and transcript are judged for proper equivalency. These documents demonstrate that administrative and academic officers at UT Dallas are highly qualified.