University organization, governance and bodies

The University of Montpellier is an experimental public establishment (EPE), with legal personality and autonomy in teaching, science, administration and finance.

Headed by a Chairman elected by the Board of Directors, it is made up of governance bodies, components, departments and central services.

The University determines its pedagogical and scientific policy within the framework of its regulations and contractual commitments.

Chairman : Philippe Augé

Philippe Augé, 55, is a professor of public law, specializing in tax law, tax procedures and public finance.

President of Université Montpellier 1 from 2009 to 2014, he led the merger of two universities to recreate, on January 1, 2015, Université de Montpellier (UM), of which he was elected president and re-elected in 2019. The University of Montpellier was awarded the I-SITE label in 2017 with the "Montpellier University of Excellence" project around three societal challenges: Nourish - Care - Protect.

This program of excellence was made permanent in March 2022, a few months after the university became an experimental public institution and Philippe Augé was re-elected for a 4-year term.

Mandates :

  • Re-elections to the presidency of the University of Montpellier (January 2019, January 2022),
  • Election to the presidency of the University of Montpellier (January 2015),
  • Election to head the PRES Sud de France (January 2012 - December 2014),
  • Chairman of the CPU Legal Committee (2012-2014)
  • Re-elected President of UM1 (March 2012),
  • Election to the presidency of UM1 (March 2009),
  • Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Université Montpellier 1 (April 2004 - March 2009),
  • Director of the Service Communitaire Universitaire d'Information, d'Orientation et d'Insertion Professionnelle (SCUIO-IP) (2002 - April 2009),
  • President of the National Conference of SCUIO-IP Directors (July 2007 to June 2009),
  • Director of the DESS and then the Master of Public Financial Law (2003 - 2006),
  • Member of the Conseil national des Universités - 2nd section: Droit Public (October 2005 - December 2008),
  • Director of Studies at IPAG (2002-2007),
  • Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Law (2001-2003),
  • Deputy Director of the Institut de droit d'Outre-mer (IDOM) (1999 - 2005),
  • Member of the Centre de Recherches et d'Etudes Administratives de Montpellier (CREAM) since

Professional background :

  • DEA in Public Law (1990),
  • Doctorate in Public Law (1997),
  • Habilitation to direct research (2007),
  • Senior Lecturer in Public Law (1997),
  • University Professor of Public Law (2009).

Honours :

  • Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur,
  • Chevalier in the National Order of Merit,
  • Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques.
Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors: Alexandre Vernhet

Associate Professor at Institut Montpellier Management (MOMA) and member of Montpellier Research Management (MRM), Alexandre Vernhet specializes in auditing, control and finance.

Director of ISEM (Institut des Sciences de l'Entreprise et du Management) from 2013 to 2017, which has since become Montpellier Management, he was previously Vice President for Internal and Management Control at the University of Montpellier, a position he held for two previous terms (2015, re-elected in 2019 and 2022).

As a member of the Montpellier-I Board of Directors from 2008 to 2015, he was appointed "Sifac deployment" project manager (2009-2010), then "management control implementation" project manager (2009-2012).

A member of the project committee, steering committee and strategic committee for the Université Montpellier-I - Université Montpellier-II merger, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Université de Montpellier since the merger.

Alexandre Vernhet began his career in an accountancy firm, first as an associate and then as director (1987-1989). He then went on to manage a public accounting firm (1989-1993), before becoming Administrative and Financial Director (1993-1995). In 2000, he joined ISEM as Associate Professor of Economics and Management. Two years later, he became a member of ISEM's Board of Directors.

Academic background :

  • Master's degree in accounting and financial sciences and techniques - University of Montpellier 1984
  • Master's degree in private law - University of Montpellier 1984
  • Diplôme d'Études Supérieures Spécialisées, Business Law, University of Montpellier 1985
  • Diplôme de Juriste Conseil d'Entreprise, DJCE - University of Montpellier 1985
  • Higher Certificate in Taxation, University of Montpellier 1985
  • Diplôme d'Études Supérieures Comptables et Financières - first application - 1986
  • Concours externe AGREGATION Économie Gestion, option B : Techniques Comptables et Financières - first application 1995
  • CAPET Économie Gestion, option B : Techniques Comptables et Financières - first application 1995
  • Officier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques 2017

Courses :

  • Audit and statutory auditors
  • Internal control
  • Controlling - Management accounting
  • Financial accounting
  • Taxation

Recent publications:

  • Educational books and chapters :
    • Auge B., Georgescu I., Naro G., Vernhet A. (2018). "Hospitals and universities in the age of reporting".
    • In Giordano-Spring S.,Naro G. (Eds.), Reporting, Innovations et Société, Editions EMS, Paris, p. 179-212.
    • Barreda M., Georgescu I., Auge B., Vernhet A. (2018), "Des illusions et désillusions de la mesure : le cas du secteur hospitalier", in Comment la comptabilité transforme le monde. EMS, Paris, p
    • Auge B., De Mongolfier C. and Vernhet A., "La cyclosportive à la lecture des leviers de contrôle de Robert Simons" in Les systèmes de gestion entre simplification et complexification (mélange en l'honneur du Pr Y. Dupuy), coordinated by Naro
  • National and international communications in peer-reviewed conferences:
    • Augé B., Casanova J., Naro G. and Vernhet A. (2018), "Control of Professional Sports Clubs, Using the Control Levers of Robert SIMONS: Examples from Professional Rugby Clubs", The 26th European Sport Management Conference, 5-8 september 2018, Malmö, Sweden.
General Manager: Bruno Fabre

Bruno Fabre, 50, is a professor of management science and a specialist in finance.

Previously, he was Vice-Chairman of the Board of Governors of the University of Montpellier in 2015, re-elected on January 7, 2019, and Delegate Vice-Chairman in charge of the budget, administrative and technical staff and real estate assets at the University of Montpellier 2 (2012-2015).

Mandates :

  • 2022: appointed Director General of Services at the University of Montpellier
  • 2019: re-elected Vice-Chairman of the UM Board of Directors
  • 2018: appointed provisional administrator of the Faculty of Law and Political Science
  • 2016: appointed provisional administrator of Institut Montpellier Management (MOMA), the result of the merger between ISEM and the Faculty of AES
  • 2015: elected Vice-Chairman of the UM Board of Directors
  • 2012: elected UM2 delegate vice-president in charge of the budget, administrative and technical staff and real estate assets
  • 2009: elected to the Board of the Institut d'Administration des Entreprises de Montpellier
  • 2008: elected to the Board of Governors of Montpellier 2 University
  • 2007: appointed provisional administrator of the now autonomous Béziers IUT
  • 2002: elected head of the Business and Administration Management Department at the Montpellier-Sète IUT.

Professional background :

  • 2009: agrégé des universités in management science
  • 1999: doctorate in management science
  • 1996: agrégé in economics and management (agrégation des lycées)
  • 1995: DEA in Management Sciences
Deputy General Managers and Administrators of National Education and Higher Education

Sébastien PONS

Deputy General Manager in charge of resources and management

Pascale SAURET

Deputy General Manager in charge of training and student and institutional life


Deputy General Manager in charge of real estate, logistics and health and safety

Statutory vice-presidents

Jacques Mercier, Vice-President in charge of Research

University Professor - hospital practitioner at the UM Faculty of Medicine. He was Director of the Physiology and Experimental Medicine of the Heart and Muscles Laboratory (UM, INSERM, CNRS) and heads the Clinical Physiology Department at Montpellier University Hospital. Elected vice-president in charge of research at the University of Montpellier in 2015, he was re-elected on January 21, 2019. Previously, he was vice-president of the scientific council of Université Montpellier 1 (2009 - 2015).

Agnès Fichard-Carroll, Vice-President in charge of training and university life

Professor at the Faculty of Science, member of the Montpellier Neuroscience Institute (University of Montpellier, INSERM). A specialist in neuroscience, she has been teaching in Montpellier since 2001. Agnès Fichard-Carroll was vice-president for social responsibility at the University of Montpellier from 2015 to 2021. She has been in charge of the institution's gender equality program since 2015, a mission she was already in charge of when she was vice-president delegate for social and cultural action at Université Montpellier 2 from 2013 to 2015.

Alexane Lequart, Student Vice-President

Student in the second year of a marketing technology degree, specializing in digital marketing, e-business and entrepreneurship at IUT Montpellier-Sète.

Julie Boiché, Vice President, Social Responsibility

Senior lecturer at the UFR STAPS, Euromov Digital Health in Motion (University of Montpellier, IMT Mines Alès)

François Pierrot, Vice President, International Relations

Director of Research CNRS, Laboratoire d'Informatique, Robotique et Microélectronique de Montpellier (LIRMM - UM/CNRS)

Philippe Combette, Vice-President, Partnerships and Innovation

University Professor at IUT Montpellier-Sète and Director of IES - Institut d'électronique et des systèmes (University of Montpellier - CNRS)

Executive vice-presidents

Frédérique Carcaillet, Vice President, Environmental Affairs

Lecturer at the Faculty of Science, MARBEC (University of Montpellier, IRD, Ifremer, CNRS)

David Cassagne, Vice President, Digital Training

Professor at the Faculty of Science, member of the Charles Coulomb Laboratory (University of Montpellier, CNRS)

Alain Hoffmann, Vice President, Simplification of teaching processes and tools

University Professor, Faculty of Science, IES (University of Montpellier, CNRS)

Thierry Lavabre-Bertrand, vice-president, historical heritage

Professeur des Universités- Praticien Hospitalier, Faculty of Medicine, CHU de Nîmes, Director of the Jardin des Plantes, member of the Institut des biomolécules Max Mousseron (Université de Montpellier, CNRS, ENSCM).

Anne Laurent, Vice-President, Open Science and Research Data

Professor at Polytech, member of the Montpellier Computer Science, Robotics and Microelectronics Laboratory (University of Montpellier, CNRS)

Bernard Maurin, Vice President, Real Estate

University Professor, Institut Universitaire de Technologie de Nîmes, member of the Laboratoire de Mécanique et Génie Civil (University of Montpellier, CNRS)

Agnès Mignot, Vice-President in charge of simplifying research and monitoring national programs

University Professor.
Member of the Montpellier Institute of Evolutionary Sciences.

Isabelle Parrot, vice-president, science-society relations

Associate Professor at the Faculty of Science, member of the Max Mousseron Institute of Biomolecules (University of Montpellier, CNRS, ENSCM)

Marie-Christine Sordino, Vice President, Ethics and Professional Conduct

Professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Science, member of the Dynamiques du droit laboratory (University of Montpellier, CNRS)

Reference documents

Activity report

2023-2024 activity report (2023 assessment, 2024 projects)

After 2022, a year marked by the evolution of the University of Montpellier's statutes into an experimental public institution and the perpetuation of the I-SITE (PEI) program of excellence, 2023 saw the confirmation of the dynamic begun several years ago to make our university a world reference, recognized as much for its academic and scientific influence as for its capacity to innovate and transform in a society undergoing perpetual change.

From the launch of the digital health school to the deployment of the ExposUM institute's projects, from certification as a Pôle Universitaire d'Innovation (PUI) to the adoption of a master plan for the ecological transition and the continuation of the schemes supported by the PEI, in 2023 the entire university community has demonstrated its determination to commit to meeting the challenges facing a major university like ours.

This report gives you an overview of the highlights of 2023, and outlines the actions under development for 2024.

Previous edition :

Training management

Training management

The purpose of this document is to explain how our training policy is implemented and managed at central level, and how it relates to our teaching and research structures and our partners. It also outlines the prerogatives of the various bodies involved in formulating the policy, and describes the administrative and technical resources available for its deployment.

Master plans

Digital master plan 2024-2028

On June 10, 2024, the Board of Directors of the University of Montpellier approved its digital master plan. Structured around 9 orientations, the plan calls for the development of digital tools to adapt to the University's new needs and practices in teaching, administration and research, and to take a new step in the digitization of its activities. The result of several months of consultation and reflection, this plan constitutes a veritable roadmap for the 2024-2028 period.

Master plan for ecological transition 2023-2026
On November 20, 2023, the Board of Directors of the University of Montpellier approved its master plan for ecological transition. Four axes and 48 actions to reinforce the measures already put in place in recent years at the UM and to initiate and coordinate the implementation on each site of an ecological transition policy commensurate with its ambitions.

Schéma directeur handicap 2023-2025
On November 20, 2023, the Board of Directors of the University of Montpellier approved the new Disability Master Plan (SDH). Now that 43 of the 45 actions planned in the previous SDH have been deployed, and the success of students with disabilities has been included in the 2023-2025 Contract of Objectives, Means and Performance (COMP), the UM is pursuing its commitment to greater inclusion of staff and students with disabilities.

Student Life Master Plan 2021-2026
On November 18, 2021, the Board of Governors of the University of Montpellier adopted the new Student Life Master Plan, the result of a wide-ranging consultation led by the student vice-president with the Office of Student Life, focusing on key areas: sport, culture, campus life, health, social issues and student involvement.  

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