Legal control of the university is vested in the board of trustees elected by the university's sole shareholder, Strategic Education, Inc.
The university's annual financial budget and overall academic decisions are directed by its board of trustees.
Following the parameters of the academic and financial direction set by the board of trustees, those responsible for the academic and instructional quality of Strayer University include the university president and the university provost and their direct reports. The university president is responsible for the overall administration of the university, serving as the campus point of contact for faculty and students. The chief operating officer and regional vice presidents oversee operational matters. All of these administrators are responsible for implementing board of trustees' policy.
Each campus is overseen by a campus dean and campus director. The campus deans serve as academic leaders of the campus. Campus directors oversee all non-academic operational matters such as admissions, non-academic personnel, and maintenance of the campus.
Faculty members are managed by deans of faculty.