President’s Travel

The purpose of this page is to serve as a guide for travel involving the President of UMW. All of the state’s travel regulations apply to the President’s travel; however, the President’s travel requires a different set of approval processes.

In-Country (48 contiguous states) Travel

In-country travel must be approved IN ADVANCE “by an appropriate member of management.” UMW has defined an “appropriate member of management” as the Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer. (REASON: The state requires the agency’s official fiscal officer to approve the President’s Travel Reimbursement. In order to keep the process simple, the agency’s official fiscal officer will approve the travel request and will approve the travel reimbursement. The agency’s official fiscal officer is the Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer.)

In-country travel where the hotel/lodging rate exceeds the rate listed on the tables needs additional approvals. The RECTOR of the BOV has the authority to approve a hotel/lodging rate for the president’s travel IN ADVANCE (before the hotel/lodging is purchased) up to 150% of the rate that is listed on the state’s table. The president’s office will print the PDF version of the Travel Pre-Approval, get the Rector’s signature/date, and include the signed copy when the reimbursement is submitted in Chrome River. Any lodging exceptions that exceed the “150%” rule must be approved IN ADVANCE by DOA through the Accounts Payable Department. Lodging amounts that exceed 150% are also allowed to be paid by private funding sources, which is the preferred method to pay any excesses.

International Travel (including Alaska and Hawaii)

Although International Travel for the UMW President will route in Chrome River to the UMW Chief of Staff for approval, International Travel (including Alaska and Hawaii)–regardless of total dollar value–for the UMW President must be approved IN ADVANCE (before ANY travel purchases take place) by the appropriate Cabinet Secretary. In addition, if the lodging rate exceeds the state’s allowable rate (up to 150% of the state’s allowable lodging rate) the approval must be made by the Cabinet Secretary. The Cabinet Secretary for UMW is the Secretary of Education. You may use the PDF printout from Chrome River to send to the Cabinet Secretary, but remember that these are UMW forms. Sending a standard memo to the Secretary of Education, using the PDF as an accompanying document, would be more appropriate for the Cabinet Secretary. The Secretary of Education may not require all of the information listed below, but DOA (CAPP manual) does require all of the information below, so PLEASE be sure to include:

Name of Traveler (the President)
Dates of Travel
Travel Destination
Purpose of Trip
A complete cost estimate

Upon returning from the trip, the reimbursement will route through Chrome River to include review by the agency’s fiscal officer, as required by the CAPP manual. Paul Messplay, Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer is defined as this agency’s official fiscal officer. No one other than the agency’s official fiscal officer can approve the travel reimbursement for the UMW President.

BOV Travel Pre-Approvals and Reimbursements

For reimbursements, the Expense Report Name in Chrome River should start with “BOV” and the BOV member’s name.  For example, the expense reimbursement report name would be “BOV Jane Smith Feb 2019 meeting.”

  • *For the regularly scheduled BOV meetings, at the beginning of each fiscal year, the president’s office will enter in Chrome River a blanket Travel Pre-Approval using “Multiple” as the Traveler/Payee Type and will include the name of each BOV member and will identify the Rector of the BOV.
  • *For BOV retreats, the president’s office will enter a blanket Travel Pre-Approval using “Multiple” as the Traveler/Payee Type and will include the name of each BOV member and any other attendees. This blanket approval may be used by anyone attending the retreat by uploading the PDF version of the blanket Travel Pre-Approval to the reimbursement in Chrome River. (Note that UMW employees may want to enter their own Travel Pre-Approval in Chrome River, which is fine; however, if the employee wants to use the blanket pre-approval, please feel free to email to that employee the PDF version of the pre-approval and the employee can upload the pre-approval to his/her expense reimbursement request.)
  • For specialty trips, such as training for new board members, the president’s office will enter in Chrome River a Travel Pre-Approval for each board member who will attend.

*Whenever Multiple is used as the Traveler/Payee Type, go to the PDF version of the Pre-Approval and SAVE AS a copy to your hard drive so you can upload the Multiple PDF Travel Pre-Approval to EACH reimbursement request.

All new BOV members need to complete the COV W-9 (see Guests and Students) and also need to complete the direct deposit form and send both forms to Accounts Payable for entry.