Length of Administrative Terms in Office

Policy Memorandum No. 108

Recommended by the Commission on Faculty Affairs
Approved by University Council: April 16, 1990
Approved by the President: April 16, 1990
Effective: Immediately

The University Council, on recommendation of the Commission on Faculty Affairs, unanimously approved a resolution that establishes fixed length terms of not more than five years for all Virginia Tech department and division chairs, heads, and directors. The length of term to be served and the procedures for renewal will be determined by the departmental/divisional faculty in collaboration with the college dean.

This policy will apply to all individuals currently holding these leadership positions, as well as to those appointed in the future.

Following is the text of the resolution as adopted by Council.

WHEREAS, periodic changes in departmental and divisional leadership are generally beneficial in that they provide opportunities for the introduction of fresh ideas as well as providing for increased accountability; and

WHEREAS, eighty percent of the faculty respondents to the 1986-88 SelfStudy expressed the view that all departmental administrators, whether heads or chairs, should serve fixed terms and be eligible for reappointment or re-election; therefore

LET IT BE RESOLVED, in accordance with Recommendation 6-15 of the 1986-88 Self-Study, that departmental and divisional directors, heads, or chairs should serve terms that are fixed in length and may, in favorable circumstances, be renewed; and

LET IT BE RESOLVED FURTHER that the length of term to be served and procedures for renewal be decided by the departmental or the divisional faculty in consultation with the College Dean, taking into account any cycle of periodic departmental or divisional reviews which may also be in the College's procedures.

The FACULTY HANDBOOK (In Section 1.3.2, paragraph 4) will now read:

"Department or division chairs, and directors serve for fixed length terms, specified by the department or division. The length of term to be served and procedures for renewal are to be decided by the departmental or the divisional faculty in consultation with the College Dean, taking into account any cycle of periodic departmental reviews that may also be in the College's procedures."

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President's Policy Memorandum

URL: http://purl.vt.edu/vtdocs/policies/ppm108