The governing control of the University is vested in a Board of Trustees established by action of the State Legislature (HB 650, Act No. 773, September 9, 1967). The board is composed of the Governor as president ex officio, ten members—six from within the area comprising the Fourth and Fifth Congressional Districts, three from the state at large, and one additional at-large member from within or outside of the state—appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the State Senate.

The chief administrative officer of the University is the President.  The President is assisted and advised by an administrative staff, by members of the faculty and faculty agencies such as the Faculty Senate and the Graduate Council, and by various university committees. Each college of the University is administered by a dean and each department by a chair.

The academic programs and courses of instruction of the University are organized under colleges and departments, as follows:

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Department of Art
  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Chemistry and Industrial Hygiene
  • Department of Communication
  • Department of Engineering Technology
  • Department of English
  • Department of Entertainment Industry
  • Department of Foreign Languages
  • Department of Geography
  • Department of History
  • Department of Interdisciplinary and Professional Studies
  • Department of Mathematics 
  • Department of Military Science (ROTC)
  • Department of Music
  • Department of Physics and Earth Science
  • Department of Politics, Justice, and Law
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Social Work
  • Department of Sociology and Family Studies

College of Business

  • Department of Accounting and Business Law
  • Department of Computer Science and Information Systems
  • Department of Economics and Finance
  • Department of Management and Marketing

College of Education and Human Sciences

  • Connie D. McKinney Department of Human Sciences, Hospitality, and Design
  • Department of Elementary Education   
  • Department of Counselor Education       
  • Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
  • Department of Secondary Education   
  • Kilby School 

Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions

  • Undergraduate Programs Department: Traditional BSN, Accelerated BSN, RN to BSN, RN to MSN, and BS in Applied Health Science
  • Graduate Programs Department:  MSN and Post-Master's Certificates