a woman walking on the Horseshoe in spring

Our Leadership

As the state’s flagship university, we are governed by a board of trustees appointed by the governor and state lawmakers. 

Headshot of Harris Pastides

Interim President Designee

President emeritus Harris Pastides is the interim president designee, pending a vote by the Board of Trustees. If appointed, he will serve in the interim as the university conducts a national search for its 30th president. Pastides, a professor of epidemiology, joined the university in 1998. From 2003 to 2008, he served as vice president for research and health sciences and dean of the Arnold School of Public Health. Pastides served as the university’s 28th president from 2008 until his retirement in 2019.

Horseshoe Gates

Board of Trustees

Our board is made up of the governor, the state education superintendent, 16 members appointed by state lawmakers from each of the state’s judicial circuits and the president of the Alumni Association. The governor has an appointee and usually designates someone to fill the governor’s seat on the board. 


University Officials

In addition to our president and board, our leadership includes positions governing academics, research, finances, giving, technology, human resources, student affairs, communications and our extended university.