UAH is governed by The University of Alabama Board of Trustees that vests authority in the campus president to lead the university. The president is assisted by the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs; the vice president for student affairs; the vice president for research and economic development; the vice president for finance and administration; the vice president for university advancement and the vice president for diversity. The president, together with the vice presidents, the chief of staff and director of community relations, and the assistant vice chancellor for government relations and economic development, function as the university's executive committee.