Lord Grenville as Chancellor of the University of Oxford; painting by William Owen
A meeting of the Academic Senate at Georgia Southern University.
The Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Lord Patten, in procession at Encaenia, 2009
The Faculty Senate at Southeastern Louisiana University hears from University President John L. Crain about the Fiscal Year 2016 budget.
William Smyth, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford; painting by Gilbert Jackson
James D. Kirylo (left), president of Southeastern Louisiana University's Faculty Senate, confers with Kevin L. Cope, president of the Louisiana State University Faculty Senate and president of the Association of Louisiana Faculty Senates, at a program in Hammond during 2015 concerning the budget for public higher education in Louisiana.

The officers of the academic senate may include the president of the university and the provost of the university.

- Academic senate

In the case of the ancient universities of Scotland, the principal is president of the academic senate.

- Chancellor (education)
Lord Grenville as Chancellor of the University of Oxford; painting by William Owen

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Principal (academia)

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Chief executive and the chief academic officer of a university or college in certain parts of the Commonwealth.

Chief executive and the chief academic officer of a university or college in certain parts of the Commonwealth.

Queen's University, the constituent colleges of the University of Toronto and McGill University in Canada have principals instead of presidents or rectors, as a result of their Scottish origins.

In the case of the ancient universities of Scotland the principal is president of the Academic Senate.

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National University of Ireland

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Federal university system of constituent universities (previously called constituent colleges) and recognised colleges set up under the Irish Universities Act, 1908, and significantly amended by the Universities Act, 1997.

Federal university system of constituent universities (previously called constituent colleges) and recognised colleges set up under the Irish Universities Act, 1908, and significantly amended by the Universities Act, 1997.

Coat of Arms of the National University of Ireland
Coat of Arms of the National University of Ireland
Coat of Arms of the National University of Ireland
The offices of the NUI, on Merrion Square in Dublin
Coat of Arms of the National University of Ireland

The governing body of the NUI is styled the Senate under its 1908 charter.

The chancellor is the notional head of the university, and constituent universities and recognised colleges have their own heads, who exercise most powers in practice.

University court

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Administrative body of a university in the United Kingdom.

Administrative body of a university in the United Kingdom.

At an ancient university the court is chaired by the rector, who ranks third after the chancellor and vice-chancellor, is elected by all the matriculated students of each university.

Members are also appointed by the general council, academic senate and local authority.