New York University, as an educational corporation of the State of New York, derives its powers from a charter granted by act of the State Legislature in 1831. The original charter has been amended from time to time.
The line of authority in the administration of the University may be viewed as proceeding from
the Board of Trustees to the President and then to the Chancellor of the University. When the
position of the Chancellor is vacant, the functions of the Chancellor are performed by the Provost of the University.
The academic administration of the University is shared by general and regional University
officers, school and departmental officers, the faculties of the several schools, the University
Senate, and various University and inter-school councils and commissions.