CICS-MD follows the CICS governance protocols.
The CICS Executive Board comprises senior officials representing the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) North Carolina State University (NCSU) and the University of North Carolina (UNC) System, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). There are three representatives from UMCP, three from NCSU/UNC, and four from NOAA.
The Board provides direction to CICS leadership on strategic and executive issues. While the Board emphasizes managerial issues, it is composed of scientists with relevant and extensive expertise, who offer constructive high-level advice regarding CICS progress.
Council of Fellows
The CICS Council of Fellows is the primary planning and consultative body for CICS and provides scientific advice to the Directors. Council members are drawn from CICS task leaders, NOAA collaborating scientists, and other eminent scientists from CICS partners and Consortium members.
The CICS Council of Fellows advises the CICS leadership on research needs and opportunities related to CICS research themes, including but not limited to those at NOAA, CICS-MD, CICS-NC, and consortium academic institutions. The membership of the permanent Council includes approximately 36 CICS and NOAA scientists who are familiar with CICS research, meets at least annually to consider the CICS research portfolio. Focus groups drawn from the Council, and including NOAA managers where appropriate, are charged with evaluating CICS interaction with its NOAA partners and identifying innovative research opportunities.