The President is elected from among the professors. He fulfils the functions entrusted to him by the University Statutes and further decrees. In particular, these functions include the chairmanship of the Senate and the Senate Committee, the management of the University, the introduction and coordination of planning measures, the representation of the University to the outside world and the supervision of the University’s administration.
The University Statutes stipulate that besides the President, the President’s Board consists of the Vice-Presidents and the General Counsel, the Director of Administration and the Dean of Studies & Academic Affairs. The President may co-opt further members of the University. At present, these are the Director of Research & Faculty, the Director Institutes & Executive Education, the Director of External Relations and the Head of Communication.
The Vice-President's Board Institutes & Executive Education acts as the contact point for the institutes and executive education at the University of St.Gallen.
Studies & Academic Affairs is responsible for the strategic development of academic affairs and studies.
External Relations is responsible for continuous quality development and fosters the university's regional and global external relations.
Research & Faculty coordinates HSG affairs that relate to research and faculty.
At the University of St.Gallen, five President’s Delegates are in charge of the fields of Public Programmes, Quality Development, University Development, Executive Education, Exchange Programmes, and Responsibility and Sustainability. Furthermore, the topics of equality, diversity and inclusion.
The President’s Delegates advise the University Executive in their respective fields. Within the President’s Board’s delegation of competence, they are responsible for the steering and further development of individual remits or issues. In international terms, their function is comparable with that of an "Associate Dean"