I was studying the website of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences ...

Obviously an impressive institution with a broad scope. But I wonder who is in charge of the operation. For example, on the ABOUT page, I see that there is an interim Dean of the GSAS. Does this individual manage at the highest level or is there someone between her and the professors, e.g. a kind of middle management (for lack of a better term)?

Id like to learn how US universities structure their institutions, scientifically and bureaucratically. Obviously there are differences between universities, but I’m curious what you know about your university or a university with which you are familiar

  • "Does this individual manage at the highest level or is there someone between her and the professors, e.g. a kind of middle management (for lack of a better term)?" I don't understand the logic behind your question. It's like asking: Is 15 is the largest number in a certain list of numbers or is there another number between 15 and the smallest number in the list. If anything, if the individual in question manages at the highest level, wouldn't one think it's MORE LIKELY that there would be someone in the middle? In any event, see here. – Dave L Renfro Nov 14 '17 at 20:07
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    Typically, there are associate deans and department chairs. – Dawn Nov 14 '17 at 21:13

There is no single governing board for all US universities. Every university is different. In very broad strokes, as your question is quite broad here's how it breaks down. Board: The Board of Trustees or University Board functions in much the same way a company board does. They meet regularly and make large decisions on spending, hiring, etc. Chancellor: In some schools, this is the President. Think of them as the CEO that advises the Board and executes the vision. Provost: Usually the ultimate head of academics in a university. Deans: Usually lead various colleges. For instance a Dean of the Law School or Dean of Undergraduate Admissions

There are various various administrative staff within all of these. And again, all schools vary in terms of nomenclature.

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The United States is a diverse country that comprises of many different universities; it is not correct to say that there is a single, standard way of managing every US university scientifically and bureaucratically. Judging from your past questions and answers, you are somewhere in Europe. Just as we don't generalize European universities, we also don't do that here in America.

Having said that, the Dean is often a very high position at a US university. And yes, there is something of a 'middle management' - but your question is too broad. Perhaps you can edit your question to be more specific.

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  • Tx for the input — I know there’s diversity, but I’m curious about that diversity! Not sure how I can otherwise phrase the question. I’d like you know how that middle management is organized in a typical US university ! – Teusz Nov 14 '17 at 19:44

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