The President of Florida State University serves as the chief executive officer of the University, and is responsible for the operation and administration of the University. The President is selected by recommendation of the board of trustees, and confirmed by the Board of Governors, as detailed in Florida Statutes Section 1001.706 (6) (b).

Florida State University Policy 2.6 defines the powers and duties of the President in relation to the FSU Board of Trustees. In exercising sole operating executive control of the University, the President is responsible for, among other things: preparing budget requests, establishing personnel policies, governing admissions, approving and administering contracts, administering the university’s program of intercollegiate athletics, recommending degree programs, recommending a schedule of tuition and fees, and organizing the University to efficiently and effectively achieve the goals of the leadership.

The Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Vice President for Research, the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Vice President for University Advancement, and the Vice President and Director for Intercollegiate Athletics report directly to the President. Other offices reporting directly to the President include the Office of the General Counsel, the Office of Inspector General Services, the Office of University Communications, the Office of Governmental Relations, and the Veteran’s Center.