Georgia Tech is one of thirty-five public institutions of higher education that comprise the University System of Georgia. Tech is one of the university system's four research universities. The system also includes two regional universities, thirteen state universities, three four-year colleges, and thirteen two-year colleges. Their collective degree-program enrollments exceed 200,000 students, making the University System one of the nation's largest systems of public higher education.
The University System of Georgia is governed by a sixteen-member Board of Regents, appointed by the governor. The board hires a chancellor to serve as chief executive officer for the system.