The president shall be elected by the board of trustees and shall have the power and duty to appoint a corps of instructors who shall be styled the faculty and such other instructors and officers as the interest of the university may require, to remove any instructors or officers, to fix their salaries or compensation, and to define the authority or duty of such instructors or officers. The president may regulate, alter, and modify the organization of the university, subject to review and concurrence of the board. The president shall further have the duty and authority to prescribe courses of instruction within academic programs that have been approved by the board. The president may confer academic degrees and such honorary degrees as are usually conferred by institutions of similar character upon the recommendation of the faculty.

The board may designate one or more depositories for school funds.

(Acts 1967, No. 424, p. 1092, §4; Acts 1971, No. 1190, p. 2055, §4; Act 99-701, 2nd Sp. Sess., p. 210, §1; Act 2006-576, p. 1513, §1.)