Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Douglas A. Girod began as the 18th chancellor of the University of Kansas in July 2017. A head-and-neck surgeon, Girod earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis and a medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco.

He has been on the faculty at the University of Kansas since 1994 and has served in a variety of administrative roles, including executive vice chancellor, at KU Medical Center. Girod became executive vice chancellor of the University of Kansas Medical Center on Feb. 1, 2013. There he oversaw the educational, research, patient care and community engagement missions of the University of Kansas schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions, with their total annual enrollment of more than 3,300 students; a workforce of more than 2,100 faculty and more than 4,000 staff; and research funding of nearly $100 million.

The chancellor is the chief executive officer of the University of Kansas, overseeing campuses in Lawrence, Kansas City, Overland Park, Salina and Wichita, in addition to research and educational centers in Hays, Parsons, Topeka and Yoder.


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