The information below regarding University governance and organization is original to the Faculty Handbook 1999. The complete section , which still serves pending revision as the most recent Board-approved policy, is available in the archives section of this website. While the general principles of governance and organization persist, some of the positions and titles of University administrators have changed. For current information, many University offices now have websites that can be searched at www.georgetown.edu.
The Board of Directors is the governing body of the University. It is a body of between ten and fifty members enjoying legal jurisdiction over the academic and business procedures of the University.
The University President is the chief academic and administrative officer of the University. The President is appointed by the Board of Directors. The President's responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- The appointment with the concurrence of the Board of Directors, the Provost , Executive Vice Presidents, Vice Presidents and Deans.
- The appointment of all Departmental Chairs, Professors and Associate Professors.
- The granting of tenure, and promotion above the assistant professorial level, generally upon the recommendation of the University Rank and Tenure Committee and with the concurrence of the appropriate campus Executive Vice President.
- The conferral of all degrees in course as approved by the Board of Directors acting on the recommendation of the Deans and Faculties of the respective schools.
- The conferral of honorary degrees and other awards with the approval of the Board of Directors.
- The appointment of University committees and their members.
- The conduct and direction of such matters which will in the President's judgment promote the University and its best interests.
- The Senior Vice President, the Provost, the Executive Vice Presidents, the Senior Vice President and Secretary, the Vice President and Treasurer, the Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs, and the Vice President for Alumni and University Relations report to the President.
The Provost is a line officer of the University administration with direct responsibility for all undergraduate and graduate programs not housed in the Medical or Law Centers. In addition, the Provost acts for the President in the President's absence and serves as a major advisor to the President on long-term plans, priorities, and directions for the University. The Provost has direct responsibility for the following areas:
- Coordinating academic programs: 
- Georgetown College and the Faculty of Language and Linguistics
- Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
- Walsh School of Foreign Service
- McDonough School of Business
- School for Continuing Studies 
- Supervising and arranging University Academic Convocations, Main Campus Commencements, and general faculty meetings, and issuing all directives to the faculty for same.
- Recommending, with the Department Chair and the Deans, appointments of full-time Main Campus faculty for the rank of Professor or Associate Professor and/or grants of tenure to the President.
- Issuing, in the name of the University, formal letters of appointment for Main Campus faculty members engaged by the Deans upon the recommendation of the Department Chairs for the ranks of Assistant Professor, Instructor or Lecturer;
- Preparation of budgets for presentation to the President of the University and ultimately to the Board of Directors.
- The administration of University policy applicable to all Main Campus faculty personnel, with respect to faculty status and welfare. The Deans have immediate supervision of the instructional programs involving both faculty and students in their respective schools.
- The supervision and direction of admissions, registrations, record procedures, Office of International Programs, Georgetown University Press, Army ROTC, and libraries, except at the Medical Center and Law Center.
- Financial aid policy for Main Campus students.
- The Provost is the Affirmative Action Officer for all academic areas (with the exception of the Medical Center and Law Center), is Chair of the Council of Deans, and an ex officio member of all Executive Councils of the Main Campus schools, and has multi-campus and University policy roles, including service in the President's Cabinet and Executive Committee of the Cabinet. The following officers report directly to the Provost:
The Office of the Executive Vice President for Health Sciences possesses line authority from the President and Board of Directors for all academic and administrative activities of the Medical Center. The Executive Vice President is responsible for the educational, research and service programs, for other functions and activities as they may exist now or arise, and for the recommendation and implementation of all policies and regulations established by the President and Board of Directors. The Executive Vice President has multi-campus and University policy roles, including service in the President's Cabinet; is the Affirmative Action Officer for the Medical Center Campus; and has direct responsibility for all Medical Center activities including:
- Coordinating academic programs in the Medical Center Schools:
- The School of Medicine
- The School of Nursing and Health Studies 
The Executive Vice President is the Chair of the law faculty (non-departmentalized) and chief academic officer of all Law Center full- and part-time divisions: the School of Law, the Graduate School of Law, the Continuing Legal Education division, the Law Library, the Institute of Criminal Law and Procedure, the Institute of Public Representation, the Anne Blaine Harrison Institute of Public Law, and the several clinics. In addition, the Executive Vice President serves as a member of the University administrative and policy bodies including the President's Cabinet and the Executive Committee of the Cabinet, and is the Affirmative Action Officer of the Law campus.
The Deans are the administrative heads of the Schools, and report to the Provost or Executive Vice President of their campus. They have the primary responsibility for the general effectiveness of the instructional programs of the Schools and have the obligation of carrying out all University policies and the regulations adopted by the Executive Councils in keeping with University policy.
The Deans are appointed by the President of the University with the concurrence of the Board of Directors and after consultation with the Faculty Senate and the Provost or appropriate Executive Vice President.
Deans are responsible to the President for the proper conduct and administration, and the constant development and improvement, of the Schools in all phases of their work and activity. The Dean of a School is the Chair of its Executive Council and an ex officio member of all School committees. In addition, the Dean:
Appoints faculty members to committees of the School, and to other administrative duties.
Gathers from the Chairs of the Departments assigned to the School all necessary data for the tentative budget.
Sees that significant data concerning the work and activities of the School, faculty, and student body are collected, evaluated, and recorded in permanent form.
Makes annual reports to the President through the Provost or appropriate Executive Vice President on the functioning of the School, and to other University officers such reports as may, from time to time, be requested.
Determines the assignment of faculty and schedule of courses in the School, through the Registrar.
Supervises the educational activity of the School, overseeing the curricula, courses, and methods of instruction, and supporting research.
Gives special attention and cooperation to the Departments assigned specifically to the School, conferring with their respective Chairs, and refers their needs and problems to the President through the Provost or appropriate Executive Vice President with comment and recommendation.
Endorses the appointment of faculty members on the recommendation of the Chairs of the Departments, with the formal letter of appointment being issued by the Provost or appropriate Executive Vice President.
Studies the problems of the School's educational and professional fields, keeps informed on trends and developments in them, and discusses, with the Executive Council, adjustments of curriculum, courses, and methods to keep abreast with general progress in such fields.
Recommends, in conjunction with the faculty, candidates for degrees to the President and Board of Directors of the University.
Instructs new faculty in the School on details of University policy and practice.
The Deans of the Main Campus schools serve on the Council of Deans.