Adelphi University is a private institution governed by a 30-member Board of Trustees which is charged with oversight of the fiscal and policy matters of the University. Currently, 80 percent of the board is composed of alumni, who participate on nine standing committees. Responsibilities of trustees include hiring the president, approval of the annual operating and capital budgets, assessing academic programs and faculty hiring and promotion decisions, monitoring of the financial controls, review of facilities plans and budgets and review of legal and contractual obligations, investment decisions and asset allocations. The University’s president is an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees and, along with the chair, is a member of all standing committees.
In addition to the Board of Trustees, the New York State Board of Regents, through the New York State Education Department, and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the regional higher education accrediting association, have external authority over Adelphi University.
Under the leadership of the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, the University has nine academic deans who provide vision, leadership, planning and resources for faculty and programming consistent with the mission and vision of the University.
Sound and equitable governance is of paramount importance to Adelphi University. A policy of shared governance between the administration and faculty was adopted by the Board of Trustees and the faculty in 1990.
Adelphi values students’ participation in planning at all levels. The Student Life Committee, a standing committee of the Board of Trustees, includes nonvoting student representatives of the Student Government Association at each meeting.