Notre Dame enjoys the support of a distinguished Board of Trustees, council group, and deans. These individuals collaborate to provide excellent leadership for the University. This partnership will be more important than ever in the years just ahead, as we strive to achieve our goal of making Notre Dame a preeminent research university with a distinctive Catholic character and an unsurpassed commitment to undergraduate education.

  • Thomas G. Burish

    Charles and Jill Fischer Provost

    Thomas G. Burish was elected the fourth provost of the University of Notre Dame on July 21, 2005. Dr. Burish served as president of Washington and Lee University from 2002 to 2005 and was Vanderbilt University’s provost from 1993 to 2002. After his graduation from Notre Dame in 1972, Dr. Burish received master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology and clinical psychology from the University of Kansas.

    The challenge of wrapping together our faith-based heritage while further strengthening our academic excellence is a rare opportunity and, for me, a special dream.

    Appointment Acceptance, 2005

  • John F. Affleck-Graves

    Executive Vice President

    John F. Affleck-Graves was elected executive vice president April 30, 2004, by the Board of Trustees. Dr. Affleck-Graves holds the Notre Dame Chair in Finance and served for three years as vice president and associate provost. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at the University of Cape Town, where he taught from 1975 to 1986.

    Through sound financial stewardship, visionary leadership, and continued commitment to core values, Notre Dame is poised to become the preeminent faith-based research university of the 21st century.

    University Annual Report, 2006


The University of Notre Dame is governed by a two-tiered structure (Fellows of the University and the Board of Trustees), in which lay men and women have joined with religious of the Indiana Province of Holy Cross in the governance of the University. The Fellows of the University are a “self-perpetuating body,” consisting of six members who at all times must be “members of the Priests Society of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Indiana Province, and six of whom shall be lay persons.” The Fellows are the associates in office of the original founders of the University and, among other responsibilities, determine powers to be delegated to the Board of Trustees.

Read more about the responsibilities of both the Fellows and Board of Trustees.