The university is organized into 10 divisions, each headed by a vice president or director. The provost is the chief academic officer as well as vice president for academic affairs and is responsible for academic programs and services offered through the eight colleges and schools, the Center for Academic and Global Engagement, Academic and Career Planning, Student-Athlete Academic Success, Honors, Continuing and Distance Education, and the Center for Teaching and Learning.
The other administrative units include vice presidents for student services; marketing, enrollment and university relations; administration and technology; director of athletics; vice president for research and sponsored programs; and vice president of human resources. The vice president for finance is also the chief financial officer for USD. The associate vice president for diversity reports directly to the president.
The USD Foundation is the fund-raising arm of the university. The foundation is currently involved in a $250 million effort Onward: The Campaign for South Dakota. By fall 2017 the campaign had raised $251,010,134 with the campaign continuing until December 2018. Nearly 15,000 individuals have contributed to the Onward program. The USD Foundation oversees one of the largest endowments in South Dakota, more than $258 million.
In 2016 the operational offices of the USD Foundation were combined with those of the USD Alumni Association, which counts 69,000 members around the world. USD has recently started a Student Alumni Association, which offers programming and benefits pre-graduation. USD on the Move is a program of events in cities across America with significant alumni populations.
USD’s faculty is represented by the University Senate. This organization is an elected body subject to the limitations imposed by the laws of the State of South Dakota, the Agreement between the Board of Regents and the Council of Higher Education, and the rules of the Board of Regents.
The University Senate is composed of the provost and vice president of academic affairs, a varying number of elected members of the faculty proportionally representing the schools and colleges, two undergraduate students elected by the Student Government Association (SGA) and one graduate or professional student elected by the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA). One non-voting liaison chosen by the Dean’s Council shall be invited to attend the meetings. The Senate has four internal committees and eight standing committees.
Non-faculty governance is led by the Civil Service Advisory Council. The Student Government Association represents the interests of students and allocates funds to student organizations.
In addition, the president appoints special committees to assist with gathering information and making recommendations in specific areas.