Standing Committees

Eight committees and two subcommittees support the work of the Suffolk University Board of Trustees

Standing committees and subcommittees

  • Administration and Finance Committee
    • Investment Subcommittee
    • Buildings and Grounds Subcommittee
  • Compensation Committee
  • Audit, Compliance and Risk Management Committee
  • Committee on Trusteeship
  • Academic Affairs Committee
  • Student Affairs Committee
  • Corporate Governance and Bylaws Committee
  • Committee for Advancement and Development

Below are summary descriptions of each committee's responsibilities:

Administration and Finance

This committee is responsible for considering and making recommendations to the Board on matters pertaining to operating and capital budgets; tuitions, fees, and enrollment. The Committee shall have the authority to approve the construction, renovation, and maintenance of buildings and grounds; investment, reinvestment, and management of all investment assets of the Corporation; and financing transactions.

Investment (Subcommittee)

This subcommittee is responsible for advising the Administration and Finance Committee on how best to invest and reinvest the funds of Suffolk University. 

Buildings and Grounds (Subcommittee)

This subcommittee is responsible for considering and advising the Administration and Finance Committee with respect to the planning, expansion, disposition, or development of buildings and grounds and the maintenance of the existing facilities. 

Compensation Committee

This committee is responsible for establishing a charter and ensuring, under the direction of the president, the ongoing development and review of a system of job descriptions, job classifications, salary ranges, and performance reviews. The Compensation Committee has the responsibility for considering and advising the Board of Trustees on Suffolk University's systems and procedures for executive development. The Compensation Committee also will periodically review the salary of employees who hold positions of significant management responsibility and consider changes proposed by the president. 

Audit, Compliance and Risk Management Committee

This committee is responsible for assisting the Board in monitoring the integrity of the financial statements of Suffolk University, compliance by the University with legal and regulatory requirements, and the independence and performance of its internal and external auditors. The committee also is responsible for the formulation of policies and procedures for the avoidance of trustee conflicts of interest and will monitor potential conflicts of interest and periodically provide a report to the Board.

Committee on Trusteeship

This committee is responsible for nominating highly qualified and committed individuals to fill vacancies among the charter trustees and will invite recommendations for trustees from the entire Suffolk University community. Among other responsibilities, this committee shall have the responsibility (a) for ensuring that a program for the orientation of new Trustees is implemented and maintained, (b) for reviewing the performance of Trustees nominated for re-election, (c) after consultation with the Board chairperson for reviewing the ongoing performance of any Trustees, (d) to periodically recommend to the Executive Committee initiatives by which the performance of the Board of Trustees shall be assessed and enhanced. 

Academic Affairs Committee

This committee and the president of Suffolk University are responsible for considering and making recommendations to the Board on appointments of deans of the schools and for faculty promotion, tenure, sabbatical, and other academic appointments, and in general monitoring our progress in advancing our educational mission. Also, in conjunction with the president, the AAC shall consider and present to the Board of Trustees recommendations of persons deemed worthy of being awarded an honorary degree from Suffolk University's College of Arts & Sciences, the Sawyer Business School, and the Law School. 

Student Affairs Committee

This committee is responsible for considering and making recommendations to the Board relating to Student Affairs with advice and consultation with the president and the provost. Its responsibilities also include working with the dean of students and the Athletic Department. 

Corporate Governance & Bylaws Committee

This committee will, from time to time, propose changes to the Bylaws and Conflict of Interest Policy to reflect the needs of the University. The committee also will, from time to time, review best practices at like colleges and universities and make suggestions and recommendations to the Board relating to and concerning the management of the Board and Suffolk University. 

Committee for Advancement and Development

This committee is responsible for considering and advising the Board and the Executive Committee on current activities and future planning in Suffolk University's fund-raising, public relations, federal, state, city, and community relations, publications, and alumni relations. 

Executive Committee

In addition to the standing committees, the bylaws also call for an Executive Committee, which in times between Board meetings, and with some exceptions, can act on behalf of the Board in matters that don't require a full Board vote. I chair the Executive Committee, as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.