The title of Vice-Chancellor at the University of the South has its origins in the British system used at universities such as Oxford and Cambridge. The Vice-Chancellor and President is the administrative head of the University. John McCardell is the University’s 16th Vice-Chancellor.
The Chancellor is elected from the Bishops of the University’s owning dioceses for a term of six years. The Chancellor is chair, ex officio, of the University Board of Trustees and a member of the Board of Regents. The current Chancellor is the Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, H’02, Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta.