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Signature Authority

The System Comptroller is the general fiscal officer of the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois System and is authorized to approve and execute, on behalf of the Board, contracts not expressly requiring prior, specific Board authorization. The Comptroller may delegate contract execution authority. Delegates who sign contracts on behalf of the Comptroller must have express authority to do so. Comptroller delegates are responsible for ensuring all required approvals are received and appropriate legal review is complete, before affixing the Comptroller’s signature to a contract.

Warning: If you sign a contract and are not an authorized delegate, the university is not a party to the contract unless it decides to ratify your unauthorized act. “Apparent Authority” does not generally apply to transactions involving the State of Illinois. If authorized university officials decline to ratify a contract, the other party’s remedy for any breach or recovery on a contract claim will be from the person who signed without authority.

Last updated: December 9, 2019

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