On July 1, 2001, the Shepherd University Board of Governors assumed office, implementing the new institutional governance process established by law during the 2000 Legislative Session.
The powers and duties of the Shepherd University Board of Governors include:
- The control, supervision and management of the financial, business, and education policies and affairs of university;
- The development and regular updating of an institutional master plan and compact with the Higher Education Policy Commission;
- The preparation of an annual budget request for the university which relates directly to the mission, goals, and projections as found in the institutional master plan and the institutional compact;
- The review, at least every five years, of all academic programs offered at the university;
- The approval of the teacher education programs offered in the university;
- The management of all personnel matters, including, but not limited to, classification, compensation, and discipline for employees of the university;
- To solicit and utilize or expend voluntary support, including financial contributions and support services, for the university;
- The appointment of the president, subject to the approval of the Policy Commission; and
- To enter into contracts or consortium agreements with the public schools, private schools, or private industry to provide technical, vocational, college preparatory, remedial, and customized training courses.