University Structure

Georgetown University is governed by a Board of Directors, which has authority over the education program; the appointment of the President, Provost, Secretary, and Treasurer of the University; the granting of degrees; and the University budget.

The University is further organized into four main operating units under the leadership of the University President: the Main Campus, Medical Center, Law Center, and University Services.

  • Main Campus: Led by the Provost, Main Campus comprises academic and administrative departments for all schools except those under the Medical Center and Law Center. Main Campus schools are Georgetown College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Walsh School of Foreign Service, the McDonough School of Business, and the School of Continuing Studies. The Provost oversees the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Lauinger Library and Blommer Science Library, as well as the offices of international programs, planning and institutional research, the registrar, student financial services, student affairs, and undergraduate admissions.
  • Medical Center: Led by the Executive Vice President for Health Sciences and Executive Dean of the School of Medicine, the Medical Center comprises academic and administrative offices for the School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization. Clinical care and education is provided at Georgetown University Hospital and satellite locations through a partnership with MedStar Health. The Medical Center is the largest and most prominent Catholic medical center in the country.
  • Law Center: The Executive Vice President for Law Center Affairs and Dean of the Law Center leads the academic and administrative offices for the Law Center.
  • University Services: Led by the University’s President, Senior Vice President, and several vice presidents, offices in this category serve administrative functions across the Main Campus, Law Center, and Medical Center. University Services includes the offices of advancement, facilities and student housing, financial affairs, human resources, information services, mission and ministry, public affairs, technology licensing, University safety, and other departments listed below.    

Here’s an overview of some offices you may interact with during the course of your work at Georgetown:

Senior Vice President: Responsible for the overall leadership, management, and organization of Georgetown University’s administrative affairs. The Senior Vice President oversees auxiliary services, facilities and student housing, faculty and staff benefits, human resources, information services, risk management, technology licensing, and University safety. The Senior Vice President also coordinates University services in support of the Main Campus, Law Center, and Medical Center.

Office of Advancement: Focuses on alumni relations and efforts to raise funds for the University through philanthropy. The advancement office is responsible for planning and implementing the University’s multi-year capital campaigns and the Annual Fund.

Auxiliary Services: Oversees relationships with the University bookstores, Georgetown University Conference Center, dining services, GOCard, University catering, commercial property, mail services, vending services, and off-campus housing resources.

Office of Compliance and Ethics: Works with all university departments to ensure compliance with government laws and regulations, industry best practices, and University policies. Promotes programs that foster ethical behavior in the workplace. Administers the University’s Whistleblower Policy and provides a means for employees to report situations that may be illegal or unethical.

Office of the University Counsel: Provides legal services to the University and its officers, directors, administrators, faculty, and staff.

University Facilities and Student Housing: Oversees the use of University facilities for campus events, as well as construction projects and project management, facilities management, transportation management, the University architect, recycling, and utilities.

Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits: Creates, administers, and monitors the benefits package offered to employees and retirees. The office coordinates enrollment in benefits such as health insurance, retirement plans, tuition assistance, life insurance, and disability benefits.

Office of Financial Affairs: Manages University assets and liabilities; formulates, implements and monitors financial policies and procedures; and prepares financial reports and analyses. The office handles efforts such as payroll services, sponsored accounting, purchasing and contracts, bursar and check distribution, tax accounting, and University investments.

Human Resources: Oversees employment services, training and development, the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, the chaplain to the staff, Hoya Staffing, and the Hoya Kids Learning Center. Each department in the University has a designated Human Resources generalist who is available as a resource to management and non-management employees within the respective department. Generalists can provide answers to questions regarding human resources policies, procedures, recruitment, compensation, and employee relations matters. A list of contacts is posted online at

Information Services: The Chief Information Officer oversees both the Office of Information Services, which is responsible for strategic and financial planning and information technology policy, and University Information Services, which carries out daily technical operations, infrastructure development, assistance, and support for the user community.

Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Affirmative Action: Promotes understanding and appreciation among the diverse members of the University community to create an inclusive academic and work environment.

Office of Mission and Ministry: Oversees the Office of Campus Ministry, which provides opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to worship and grow in their faith, and the Mission and Pastoral Care at Georgetown University Hospital, which support the Catholic and Jesuit character of Georgetown.

Office of Public Affairs: Represents and promotes the University, and its faculty, students, programs, and policies to a variety of external constituents, including the media, federal and local governments, and neighboring communities. Public Affairs also communicates University news and information to internal constituents, including the faculty and staff, student media, alumni, and University volunteers.

Office of Risk Management: Administers the University’s insurance portfolio and offers risk management programs and services to the University community. The office coordinates campus risk assessments, oversight of loss prevention activities, management of the Workers’ Compensation program, business continuity planning, and administration and finance of property and casualty claims.

Office of University Safety: Responsible for the University’s emergency preparedness plan, the Department of Public Safety, and relationships with federal, state, and local emergency services and law enforcement agencies.

Office of Technology Licensing: Manages invention disclosures, patenting and licensing activities, oversight of material transfer agreements and confidentiality agreements, and University engagement with local businesses.