The University of San Diego is governed by a Board of Trustees and led by a president. Mary E. Lyons, who was appointed in 2003, is the third chief executive since the modern University of San Diego was established in 1972. Her predecessors were Author E. Hughes, who served as president from 1972 to 1995, and Alice B. Hayes, who was president from 1995 to 2003.
The university is dedicated to providing a values-based education grounded in Catholic social teachings. Today, it has six academic divisions: the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Law, the School of Business Administration, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. USD offers 39 bachelor's degree programs, 31 master's degrees programs, five law degree programs, and three doctoral degree programs (in nursing and leadership studies).
Mary E. Lyons, PhD
Julie H. Sullivan, PhD
Executive Vice President and Provost
Msgr. Daniel J. Dillabough
Vice President, Mission and Ministry
Timothy L. O'Malley, PhD
Vice President, University Relations
Carmen M. Vazquez
Vice President, Student Affairs
Russell C. Thackston, PE
Vice President, Business and Administration