Institutional Governance, Protocol, and Ceremonies
Office of the Secretary of the University
Within the Office of the President, the Office of the Secretary of the University has primary responsibility for supporting the governance of the University. The office facilitates the work of the Board of Trustees, including its quarterly meetings, annual retreats, publications, directories, committee staffing, and orientation for new Trustees. The office coordinates the work of 15 visiting committees and staffing of other boards including the Medical Center, Laboratory Schools, and Baptist Theological Union.
Moreover, the office plays a role in:
- planning and executing quarterly Convocations (the University’s graduation ceremonies) and in coordinating other major University-wide events;
- conferring honorary degrees, awards, and medals;
- arranging special programs and protocol for visiting dignitaries;
- regulating use of the University seal and mace, the design of University diplomas and other documents of record, and access to certain institutional records;
- overseeing management of the Quadrangle Club; and
- identifying representatives of the University for other institutions’ occasions of high ceremony.
In supporting institutional governance efforts at the University, the Office of the Secretary works closely with other departments and units, including the Office of Legal Counsel.