Tuskegee University is an independent, nonprofit higher education institution that has a special and unique relationship with the state of Alabama. Established initially in 1881 by the Alabama Legislature as a fully publicly controlled institution, the University became "state-related" in 1892.
The organization of the University is designed to achieve the institution's purposes, which are primarily instruction, research and outreach. These activities are conducted chiefly in behalf of nurturing the intellectual, technical, more and civic development of students.
The Board of Trustees establishes the governance and organization of the University and delegates authority to the President, who is the chief executive officer and spokesperson of the University. The President is assisted in the administration of the University by general and associate general officers.
The major areas of administrative function of the University are support services for instruction and student services, research and outreach, marketing and communications, business management, institutional advancement and human resources management.