Administration and Governance

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The responsibilities of the Board of Trustees are to sustain the purposes and mission of Burlington College, appoint and oversee the performance of the President in carrying out such purposes and mission, set policy for the College, maintain the academic and fiscal integrity of the College, participate actively in fundraising and other development activities, and carry out such other aspects of the governance of the College as the Board may determine. Final authority at Burlington College is vested in the Board of Trustees, the legally constituted body ultimately responsible for the institution’s quality and integrity. The Board includes two student trustees, chosen for two year terms.

President and Senior Administration
The President of the College has overall responsibility for administering the College according to policies and budgets set by the Board. The Vice-President for Academic and Student Affairs provides direction for the academic and student divisions of the College, including the development and expansion of academic programs and curriculum in coordination with the faculty and the President. The Director of Administration and Finance is responsible for the financial, technological, facility, and human resource aspects of the College. The Director of Development and Community Outreach formulates and assists with the implementation of the College’s fundraising and development plans in coordination with the President, and oversees alumni relations. These senior administrative positions make up the President’s Advisory Council, which provides support and guidance to the President by helping to coordinate administrative and academic activities in the College and reviewing and recommending College policies.

All the executive administrators maintain an open door policy and encourage input, suggestions and ideas from students, faculty, and staff.

Faculty and Staff
Faculty and community faculty are defined as individuals who teach courses. Department chairpersons and lead faculty serve as standing faculty members. Adjunct faculty members (referred to as “community faculty”) are part-time. Brief biographies of faculty and community faculty are included on the College’s website.

The staff at Burlington College consists of all employees who support the educational mission of the College outside of the classroom. Brief biographies of most staff members are included on the College’s website.

The Burlington College Student Association (BCSA) strives to empower Burlington College’s student body by asserting and maintaining an appropriate, participatory, and vital role in Burlington College information dissemination, decision-making processes, and governance. The BCSA includes an executive committee, several appointed representatives to College committees, and all non-auditing students taking three or more credits.

A primary purpose of BCSA is to foster more open and effective communication among Burlington College constituents. The BCSA serves as a student advocacy board, organizes and sponsors student activities, publishes student newsletters and, within Burlington College governance, acts as the representational voice and will of students regarding matters that concern them.

Alumni are an extremely important factor to a College’s success. Burlington College alums assist their alma mater in many ways, often facilitating internships and providing guidance for current students, or conducting informational sessions and interviews for prospective students. Alumni donate to the College’s annual fund, growing scholarships and opportunities for enhancements. Please stay in touch with Burlington College once you graduate, and keep the College informed as to your location and activities.

Philosophy and Practice of Governance
Burlington College’s philosophy of governance is one of open communication and shared responsibility in the context of clearly defined roles and responsibilities. The Board of Trustees governs the College and hires and vests their authority in the President. The President appoints and works with a competent team of administrators to provide the oversight and direction for each function of the College as outlined in the organizational chart.

The College has a committee structure that includes students, faculty, and staff as appropriate to ensure effective communication among the constituencies.