The mission of the President of the University is to serve, at the pleasure of the Board of Trustees, as the Chief Executive Officer of the institution. As such, the President is charged with development of administrative policies, programs, and procedures to guide the operations of the University. The President also implements and directs such policies as the Board of Trustees may adopt. The President provides leadership in the areas of the educational growth and development of the institution, seeking and maintaining those accreditations which are deemed to be in the best interest of the university. The President serves as the chief spokesperson for the University in relations with various external constituencies, especially the State Legislature and the Office of the Governor, as well as alumni, individual and group donors, and other support groups.