College Leadership Structure and Communication System

Dunwoody’s leadership structure consists of the Board of Trustees, the President’s Cabinet and academic deans and program managers.

The leadership structure begins with the Board of Trustees, which serves as Dunwoody’s legal governing body. Members of the Board serve voluntary, three-year terms with opportunity for re-election; membership is determined by Board approval.

The Board includes seven officers who are selected by currently serving Board members:

  1. Chairperson
  2. Vice Chair
  3. President
  4. Treasurer
  5. Secretary
  6. Assistant Treasurer 
  7. Assistant Secretary

The Board has five standing committees:

  1. Executive
  2. Academic and Student Affairs
  3. Board Governance
  4. Finance 
  5. Institutional Advancement

At least one member of Dunwoody’s President’s Cabinet serves on each of the Board committees and functions as the liaison between the College administration and the trustees.

The President’s Cabinet is composed of seven individuals:

  1. College’s President
  2. Provost
  3. Chief Financial Officer
  4. Vice President of Institutional Advancement
  5. Vice President of Enrollment Management
  6. Vice President of Human Resources
  7. The Chief of Staff

The President’s Cabinet serves as the primary communication channel for the leadership of Dunwoody. Since each Cabinet member supports the Board committee that corresponds with the division or department the Cabinet member represents, each Cabinet member has a concrete understanding of the most effective strategies for implementing various aspects of the Strategic Plan at the departmental level. Cabinet members act as Board staff liaisons by first communicating the Board’s goals, objectives, and directives to the academic deans and program managers of the respective departments. They then assist in the development and supervision of plans for implementing relevant aspects of the Strategic Plan. Cabinet members function further as the primary source of communication by reporting the progress of various plans to the Board and academic deans and program managers. As College- wide liaisons, Cabinet members also gather ideas, data, concerns and questions from the academic deans and program managers, and bring these to the Cabinet and its respective Board committees for review.

The academic deans and program managers of the various departments and programs function as faculty and staff liaisons. Information is disseminated to faculty and staff through departmental meetings and one-on-one meetings. Input from faculty and staff relating to other areas of the College is passed on through the deans and managers. Often, academic deans and program managers are chosen to serve on working committees that require their field-related knowledge and expertise.