“Notre Dame enjoys the support of a distinguished Board of Trustees, officer group and deans. These individuals collaborate to provide excellent leadership for the University. This partnership will be more important than ever in the years just ahead, as we strive to achieve our goal of making Notre Dame a pre-eminent research university with a distinctive Catholic character and an unsurpassed commitment to undergraduate education.”
~ Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President
The University of Notre Dame is governed by a two-tiered structure (Fellows of the University and the Board of Trustees), in which laymen and women have joined with religious of the Indiana Province of Holy Cross in the governance of the University. The Fellows of the University are a “self perpetuating body,” consisting of six members whom at all times must be “members of the Priests Society of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Indiana Province, and six of whom shall be lay persons.” The Fellows are the associates in office of the original founders of the University and, among other responsibilities, determine powers to be delegated to the Board of Trustees.
The president of the University is accountable to the Board of Trustees, which in turn is accountable to the Fellows.
Learn more about University leadership and governance.
The University comprises the academic units, which report to the Provost, and seven administrative divisions, four that report to the President and three that report to the Executive Vice-President.
Divisions reporting to the President:
- General Counsel
- Public Affairs and Communication
- Student Affairs
- University Relations
Divisions reporting to the Executive Vice-President
- Business Operations
- Investment Office
Download the administration’s organizational chart
A number of committees carry out special projects and initiatives at the request of University leadership. To learn more, visit the University Committees website.