1:004 Selection and Retention of the President
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1:004 Selection and Retention of the President

Austin Peay State University Selection and Retention of the President


Issued:  March 30, 2017
Responsible Official:  General Counsel
Responsible Office:  Office of Legal Affairs






Policy Statement

The President of Austin Peay State University is the Chief Executive Officer of the University and is subject to control of the Board of Trustees, and manages, directs and is responsible for the conduct of all the affairs of the University.


The purpose of the policy is to recruit and retain the most qualified university administrator as president of the University under the jurisdiction of the Board.


Selection of the
  1. The Board shall establish qualification criteria for the selection of the President upon the vacancy or notice of vacancy of the office. The criteria may be based upon the Board's appraisal of the unique characteristics and complexity of the president's responsibility at the University.
  2. The Board shall establish a selection process for the presidency based upon the Board's appraisal of the most appropriate method to be used for the selection of the President at the University.
  3. The Board has the authority to appoint an interim president in cases of illness, death, untimely resignation, etc., of incumbents.
  4. It is the policy of the Board of Trustees to conduct background investigations on all candidates recommended for interview for the position of president. The investigations are conducted based on guidelines developed by the University.

Appointment and
Retention of the
  1. A president serves at the pleasure of the Board. However, the Board anticipates upon appointment that a president will serve the University for a number of years.
  2. An annual salary agreement shall be issued by the Board at the beginning of each fiscal year.
  3. A president may resign at any time upon written notification to the Board.
  4. A president may be terminated at any time by the Board.
  5. In the event of termination of a president, up to three months' severance compensation may be authorized by the Board.

Evaluation of the
  1. The president shall be evaluated based upon an evaluation process developed and conducted by the Board.
  2. Generally, the evaluation shall be conducted annually and as a minimum shall consider:
    1. The president's accomplishment of annual objectives at the University.
    2. The demonstrated ability of the president to serve as the leader of a campus community, including such factors as the ability to organize, to make decisions, to motivate others, to communicate, to maintain strong external relationships, and to develop other leaders.
    3. The commitment of the president to the University and the implementation of the University’s policies.
  3. The evaluations should be utilized to improve the administration of a president, to determine compensation adjustment, and to determine future employment status.

Revision Dates

APSU Policy 1:004 – Issued: March 30, 2017

Subject Areas:

Academic Finance General Human



President: signature on file