Troy University
SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation
3.2.11 The institution’s chief executive officer has ultimate responsibility for, and exercises appropriate administrative and fiscal control over, the institution’s intercollegiate athletics program. (Control of intercollegiate athletics)
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Troy University is in compliance with this Comprehensive Standard.

The Board of Trustees appointed the chief executive officer (CEO) for the University in 1989 when it appointed Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., as the Chancellor. The Chancellor has ultimate responsibility for Troy University, including intercollegiate athletics. A description of the Chancellor’s authority and responsibility can be found in the University’s ePolicy Manual at Governance 204 Authority and Responsibility:

204 Authority and Responsibility of the Chancellor

It is the responsibility of the Board of Trustees to select the chief executive officer—the Chancellor—and to set forth those duties and responsibilities. As the chief executive officer of the institution, the Chancellor supervises and directs the affairs of the University. It is the duty of the Chancellor to assure that the standards and procedures in operational use within the institution conform to the policies established by the Board of Trustees and to the standards of sound academic practice. The Chancellor shares responsibility for the definition and attainment of goals and for operating the communications system that links the various components of the University: Board of Trustees; other officers of administration; faculty; staff; and students. The Chancellor is the chief spokesman and representative of the Troy University and works for public support and understanding. The Chancellor is largely responsible for the maintenance of existing institutional resources and the creation of new resources. In all these areas, the responsibilities of the Chancellor are to plan, organize, direct, and represent. The Chancellor coordinates the administration of all institutional operations.

The Faculty Handbook reiterates the Chancellor’s responsibilities under its section on General Administration.

The detailed job description for the Chancellor, housed in the Office of Human Resources, establishes that this position is ultimately responsible to supervise and direct the affairs of the University, including the intercollegiate athletics program. Evidence of this oversight is also found in the Troy University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Policy Manual and in the 2005-2006 NCAA Certification and Self-Study process report. The University’s ePolicy Manual also notes in Section 901 Fund Raising that

It is the policy of Troy University Foundation that all fundraising activities, to include campaigns and solicitations, must be approved by the Chancellor. The policy applies to new or continuing campaigns initiated by any faculty or staff member, department or other unit of the University (Approved Board of Trustees, September 10, 2005, review as needed).

All fund-raising and budget activities for the University’s athletics programs are under the operational responsibility of the Director of Athletics and under the ultimate authority of the Chancellor of the University.

The athletics program organizational chart shows the Director of Athletics reports directly to the Chancellor and serves as a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet. The organizational chart also shows the reporting arrangement of the Athletics Compliance Officer with a direct reporting line to the Associate Director of Athletics, as well as a reporting relationship to the Chancellor through the University’s Faculty Athletics Representative. The Faculty Athletic Representative has a reporting relationship to the Chancellor. It is important to note also that the salary of the Athletics Compliance Officer is paid from the Chancellor’s Office budget.

The Troy University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Policy Manual notes “The athletics Compliance Office has its primary responsibility to the Institution. It shall be located in the Athletics Department and maintain a close working relationship with athletics. However, it has a reporting relationship to the Chancellor through the Faculty Athletics Representative as needed.”

In his oversight of the University’s athletic program, the Chancellor is guided by the Athletics Committee of the Board of Trustees and by the Athletic Advisory Committee, a standing committee of the University. The Chancellor receives additional assistance from the Director of Athletics and the athletics staff, the Faculty Athletic Representative and the University’s Athletics Compliance Officer.

Troy University was unconditionally certified by the NCAA in July 2006 as part of its NCAA Certification and Self-Study process. This certification is the University’s most recent by the NCAA.

There are no external foundations for athletics at Troy University.

Troy University is in compliance with this Comprehensive Standard.


Supporting Documentation Location
2005-2006 NCAA Certification and Self-Study Process Report
2006 NCAA Certification
Athletic Advisory Committee
Athletics Committee of the Board of Trustees
Athletics Organizational Chart
ePolicy Manual
Faculty Handbook, 2008 Edition
Intercollegiate Athletics Policy Manual


Last Updated: 08/26/2008