Committees

Academic Policy and Student Affairs Committee

The Academic Policy and Student Affairs Committee is responsible for oversight of all policies relating to the academic and student affairs of the University. It assists the Board in its oversight responsibilities relating to aspects of student life and student conduct. It reviews the infrastructure and resources necessary to deliver the academic and student life programs and for the accreditation of the University and professional programs. It is responsible for reviewing and considering policies relating to new and existing degree programs, instruction and research. It reviews and considers policies relating to the recruitment and retention of faculty members, including tenure, academic freedom and academic responsibility, codes of conduct and appropriate penalties for violations of University regulations pertaining to academic dishonesty, and student admissions, and makes recommendations to the Board on these and other matters referred to it by the Board.

Committee Membership:
Cesar L. Alvarez, Chair
Natasha Lowell, Vice Chair
Jose J. Armas
Dean C. Colson
Michael G. Joseph
Marc D. Sarnoff
Jose L. Sirven, III
Kathleen L. Wilson

University Staff Liaison: Kenneth G. Furton, Provost, Executive Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer

Athletics Committee

The Athletics Committee serves as the primary advisory body to the President in matters relating to intercollegiate athletics. It insures the proper role of athletics within the overall mission of the University. It insures the integrity of the athletics program with regard to NCAA, the University’s athletic conference, state and federal law compliance and gender equity on Intercollegiate Athletics. It works to maintain the proper perspective of athletic competition within the university life of the student-athlete. It monitors the academic performance and progress made by student-athletes. It oversees all programs designed to insure the academic success, personal development and personal welfare of student-athletes.

Committee Membership:
Justo L. Pozo, Chair
Leonard Boord
Jose L. Sirven, III
Rogelio Tovar
Kathleen L. Wilson

Foundation Board of Directors Liaison: Michael R. Mendez
President’s Council Liaisons: Mitchell R. Less; Manny Miranda

University Staff Liaison: Pete Garcia, Executive Director of Sports and Entertainment

Audit and Compliance Committee

The Audit and Compliance Committee is responsible, in assisting the Florida International University Board of Trustees (“Board”) in discharging its oversight responsibilities, including but not limited to, reviewing procedures in place to assess and minimize significant risks, overseeing the quality and integrity of financial reporting practices (including the underlying system of internal controls, policies and procedures, regulatory compliance programs, and ethical code of conduct), and overseeing the overall audit process. This includes advising the Board on the adequacy of accounting procedures, systems, controls, and financial reporting in accordance with applicable laws and regulations; and overseeing and monitoring the University’s compliance program.

Committee Membership:
Gerald C. Grant Jr, Chair
Natasha Lowell, Vice Chair
Leonard Boord
Michael G. Joseph
Jose L. Sirven, III
Kathleen L. Wilson

University Staff Liaison: Javier I. Marques, Chief of Staff to the President

External Relations Committee

The External Relations Committee is responsible for reviewing and recommending to the Board policies relating to local, state and federal legislation; working to identify all major local, state and federal activities affecting the University; reporting to the Board recommended actions which will further the University’s mission; reviewing and recommending to the Board policies affecting communications with the media and with the public, including alumni of the institution; and reviewing and considering programs that advance the University’s reputation and further the University’s teaching, research, and service missions in the local, state, national, and international communities.

Committee Membership:
Claudia Puig, Chair
Marc D. Sarnoff Vice Chair
Jose J. Armas
Leonard Boord
Gerald C. Grant, Jr.
Michael G. Joseph
Rogelio Tovar

Foundation Board of Directors Liaison: T. Gene Prescott
President’s Council Liaison: Monica Rabassa
Alumni Association Board of Directors Liaison: Eduardo Hondal

University Staff Liaison: Michelle Palacio, Vice President of Governmental Relations

Finance and Facilities Committee

The Finance and Facilities Committee is responsible, for providing review, policy guidance and strategic oversight of the university’s financial matters, financial reporting statements, campus master planning activities and other real estate type activities for both the University and its direct support organizations (“DSO”).  This includes receiving and reviewing information regarding the fiscal operations of the University and reviewing and, when appropriate, recommending to the Board for its approval:  the University’s annual operating and capital outlay budgets; the University’s investment policy; the University’s Capital Improvement Program list for funding by the Legislature, including the Public Education Capital Outlay  list;  debt issuances;  the University’s master plan(s);  honorary and donative namings of University facilities; and regulations and Board policies pertaining to the financial resources and other assets of the University.

Committee Membership:
Leonard Boord, Chair
Rogelio Tovar, Vice Chair
Cesar L. Alvarez
Dean C. Colson
Natasha Lowell
Marc D. Sarnoff
Kathleen L. Wilson

University Staff Liaison: Kenneth A. Jessell, Senior Vice President for Administration & Chief Financial Officer

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee is responsible for reviewing and making recommendations to the Board on various Board functions, including, periodically reviewing these Bylaws; evaluating the Board’s performance; overseeing governance of the University’s affiliated organizations; overseeing Presidential personnel matters, including the annual evaluation of the President; considering collective bargaining matters coming before the Board; and establishing regulations and Board policies regarding University governance. Furthermore, the Governance Committee shall have and may exercise all powers and authority of the Board on an as needed basis between regular Board meetings for time-sensitive matters, subject only to such restrictions or limitations as the Trustees may from time to time specify, except that the following matters shall be reserved to the full Board for approval (i) Board officer selection, (ii) changes in the mission and purposes of the institution, (iii) presidential selection and termination, (iv) amendments to the Bylaws, (v) debt issuances, (vi) sale or other disposition of real property, (vii) the University’s annual operating and capital outlay budgets and the University’s Capital Improvement Program list for funding by the Legislature, including the Public Education Capital Outlay list, and (viii) any other matter required by law or Board of Governors’ regulation to be approved by the full Board. All actions taken by the Governance Committee pursuant to this authority shall be reported at the next meeting of the full Board, or when deemed sufficiently important by the Board Chair and the University President, such actions shall be reported to the Trustees within thirty (30) days after such action is taken, or at a meeting of the Trustees if a meeting is held within that period of time. The Governance Committee is comprised of the Board Chair, Board Vice Chair and all Committee Chairs.

Committee Membership:
Claudia Puig, Board Chair
Jose J. Armas,Board Vice Chair
Cesar L. Alvarez
Leonard Boord
Gerald C. Grant, Jr.
Justo L. Pozo

Health Affairs Committee

The Health Affairs Committee is responsible for oversight of all policies relating to the Academic Health Center; assisting the Board in its oversight responsibilities relating to aspects of the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Public Health and Social Work, Arts and Sciences (School of Integrated Science and Humanity), and Engineering and Computing (Department of Biomedical Engineering) that deal with health affairs; assisting the Board in its oversight responsibilities of the University’s clinical activities, including the faculty practice plan and the delivery of student health services; reviewing the infrastructure and resources necessary for the operation and integration of the Academic Health Center; and assisting the Board in providing strategic direction regarding affiliation activities for clinical instruction and practice for all faculty and students in the Academic Health Center.

Committee Membership:
Jose J. Armas,  Chair
Justo L. Pozo, Vice Chair
Cesar L. Alvarez
Leonard Boord
Michael G. Joseph
Rogelio Tovar