The Chancellor's Office includes the chancellor and her immediate staff.
The chancellor is responsible for guiding the system in accordance with the board's direction and for managing the system office in a manner consistent with the system office's mission and vision. Operational responsibilities and processes include day to day management of the system and the central office; board coordination, communication and logistics; presidential searches; and dealing with the media and the general public, including handling complaints and general information requests.
At the system level the chancellor directly oversees the presidents of the system's 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology. At the system office level, she oversees the work of the vice chancellors, the general counsel and the director of Communications.
When there is a vacancy in a presidency, the Chancellor's Office conducts all aspects of the search, including selecting a search committee, advertising for the position, coordination with a search firm if one is used, reviewing resumes, interviewing candidates, checking references, making campus visits, and so forth. The presidential search process is a relatively standardized one, although all searches vary to some degree.
The director of Communications handles relations with the press, issues public notices and other press releases, responds to public inquiries, oversees open records requests and handles other communications duties.