The duties of the President are stated the By-Laws of Knox College. They may be summarized as follows:
The duties of the President of the College shall be such as ordinarily belong to the chief executive officer of a college, and he or she shall be vested with full administrative authority, subject only to the approval and direction of the Board.
The President of the College shall be the executive officer of the Board of Trustees and shall be responsible to the Board only. The President shall execute directions given and carry into effect policies prescribed by the Board.
The President of the College shall submit the budget to the Board and shall be responsible for carrying out its provisions.
The President shall have authority, subject to the approval of the Board or of the Executive Committee, to employ professors, teachers, and instructors, as well as other necessary personnel, to fix their terms of employment and compensation and to prescribe their duties.
The President, or the Vice President for Academic Affairs in the absence of the President, shall convene faculty meetings and shall be the presiding officer at such meetings. The President shall be a voting member of the Faculty. The Faculty may elect a chair pro tem who, at the request of the President or, in the absence of the President, at the request of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, may preside at faculty meetings.
The President shall have final authority in the internal affairs of the College, including discipline.
In addition, the President is the chief fund-raiser of the College.