As a comprehensive public institution, Montclair State University's patterns of governance, organization, and administration are complex and multilayered, reflecting both the comprehensive nature of the University's mission and the intricate relationships it maintains with a variety of distinct constituencies such as students, faculty, staff, alumni, the state government, and accrediting groups.
Montclair's Board of Trustees exercises the powers and duties necessary for the control and management of University affairs.
The Board is composed of voting members who are drawn from business and the professions, and includes an undergraduate student from MSU; a second undergraduate student and the President serve as non-voting members. The three officers of the Board of Trustees are a chair, vice chair, and secretary. The Board maintains an Executive Committee, four standing committees for Academic Program Planning, Facilities, Personnel, and Appeals, and ad-hoc committees. The term of office for a voting (non-student) Board member is six years. A faculty representative is appointed by the Board to a two-year term and meets regularly with the Board.
The University administration consists of the President, Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for University Facilities, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, Vice President for Human Resources, Vice President for Information Technology, Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life, and Vice President for University Advancement.
As the chief executive officer, the President is appointed by and reports to the Board of Trustees. The President is responsible for the management of the University and for the execution and enforcement of the rules, regulations, and orders governing its conduct and administration. The other offices in the President's division are University Counsel and Government Relations.
The Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer and, in the absence of the President, serves as acting President. The Provost reports directly to the President and oversees the three Colleges, three Schools, and Library. The Provost has overall responsibility for academic program development and faculty. The Honors Program, Global Education, Gifted and Talented Programs, and Summer Sessions/Special Programs report to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for Curriculum and Instruction. The New Faculty Program is coordinated by the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for Personnel and Resource Planning.
The Vice President for Finance and Treasurer reports to the Senior is responsible for controller and accounting functions, bursar, cash management, bonding and debt management, external auditor, risk management, business partnerships and purchasing.
The Vice President for Human Resources is responsible for the direction of the daily operations of human resource services including training and development, employee relations, the compensation and benefits program, staffing services, and payroll services. The Vice President is the chief management negotiator at the local level and representative to the management negotiating teams at statewide negotiations. The Vice President provides leadership in developing policies related to employees of the University and ensures that the policies are implemented in a manner consistent with law, University regulations, and a commitment to a fair and equitable working environment.
The Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life coordinates and supervises the activities of the Academic Success Center, Admissions, University Police Department, Financial Aid, Registration, Residence Life, Dean of Students and Athletics. The following offices report to the Vice President through the Dean of Students: Health and Wellness Programs, Student Activities, Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Center, Women's Center, Leadership Programs and the University Ombudsperson. In addition, the Vice President, assisted by the Dean of Students and the two Associate Deans of Students, serves as an advocate on behalf of all students.
The Vice President for Information Technology reports to the President and is responsible for the stewardship of the University's physical properties. This includes capital planning and construction, architectural and engineering services, physical plant and groundskeeping, and environmental health and safety.
The Vice President for University Advancement has overall management and fiscal responsibility for all of the institution's external relations, encompassing Alumni Relations, Development, Communications, and the MSU Foundation. The offices of Community Relations and Special Events, Public Information, and Publications report to the Vice President through the Director of Communications. The offices of the Annual Fund, Development Research, Major Gifts, and the MSU Foundation report to the Vice President through the Director of Development.
The Vice President for University Facilities is responsible for the overall management of the University's space and physical resources. Services directly reporting to the Vice President include those within: Campus Planning; Design and Construction; Environmental Health and Safety; and Fire Safety. Units reporting to the Vice President throught the Assistant Vice President for Facilities Maintenance and Engineering include: Access Control; Automotive Services; Carpentry; Electrical Services; Facilities Management Information Systems; the Facilities Service Desk; HVAC; the Lock Shop; the Paint Shop; Plumbing; the Welding Shop; and the Cogeneration Plant. The Grounds, Housekeeping, Mail and Central Receiving, Move and Waste Management, and Transportation and Parking Services units report to the Vice President through the Assistant Vice President for the Facillities Services.
Organizational charts of Montclair State University’s nine administrative divisions can be found at: