Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little

Since arriving at the University of Kansas in 2009, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little has guided KU to unprecedented success, elevated the university’s national stature, and transformed the way KU serves the state and the world.

In her eight years at KU, Chancellor Gray-Little has advanced the university’s mission to educate leaders by implementing new admissions standards, launching a new undergraduate curriculum, and growing the freshman class for five straight years. She has strengthened KU's efforts to build healthy communities by overseeing the University of Kansas Cancer Center’s application for National Cancer Institute designation and expansions of the schools of Pharmacy and Medicine. And she has empowered KU to make discoveries by recruiting 12 Foundation Distinguished Professors, leading the university to record-high research funding, and pursuing resources to help KU researchers excel.

Additionally, Chancellor Gray-Little spearheaded a record-setting $1.66 billion fundraising campaign and an unprecedented modernization of KU’s campuses. Projects of note during her term include the construction of Capitol Federal Hall, the Health Education Building, the Earth, Energy & Environment Center, and the Central District — a once-in-a-generation project that will change the face of education and research at KU.

About the office

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.

The Chancellor reports directly to the Kansas Board of Regents.


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Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
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