The AVP is appointed by and reports to the President of SMU and be the chief operating officer in charge of undergraduate and graduate programs. He/she shall be an academic staff member of a department that offers courses pertinent to his/her qualification.

The AVP shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

a) Overseeing the overall academic activities of the University in the conventional mode of learning;

b) Providing support to departments and faculties to promote excellence in teaching-learning and research;

c) Chairing key senate standing committees and graduate council meetings;

d) Giving support to and overseeing the activities of the Student Support Services Office;

e) providing support to department chairs and/or faculty deans in implementing strategies and policies related to course and program development and teaching-learning and assessment issues;

f) Organizing and facilitating skills upgrading workshops and training for faculty and students;

g) Working closely with the Program Expansion and Development office to initiate new programs;

h) Overseeing the standards of student admissions are met;

i)  Promoting the continued development of the University’s strategic plan and goals;

j)  Ensuring that the staff members are engaged in community services;

k) Recruiting and firing the academic staff in the regular and extension divisions;

l)  Overseeing the activities of all operational units reporting to the AVP;

m) Liaising and establishing contact with local and international institutions; and

n) Facilitate the formulation and implementation of institutional plans at strategic, tactical and operational level;