Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Jeff DeWitt

Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice Chancellor for Finance
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Jeff DeWitt is a seasoned financial administrator with more than 30 years of experience in complex public sector roles. In his role, he oversees all finance and business dimensions of the university and reports directly to the chancellor.

Before joining KU, Jeff served as the chief financial officer for the District of Columbia, where he was responsible for a $16.9 billion annual budget and a six-year capital improvement program of $8.2 billion. In this role, he oversaw 1,700 staff spanning functions such as tax and revenue administration, investments, financial reporting, accounting, legislative review, internal audit and risk management. His responsibilities included oversight of CFOs for the University of the District of Columbia, the United Medical Center Hospital, the Washington Convention Center and Sports Authority, and all District agencies, including public and charter schools.

Prior to his role with the District of Columbia, Jeff served as CFO for the City of Phoenix, Arizona, from 2009-2013. Before that, he held various roles with the City, worked as a research associate for an Illinois-based consulting firm, and served in the U.S. Army domestically and in Germany.

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times
Chancellor's Vision

The mission of the University of Kansas is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that change the world.

We will do that by raising the expectations we have for ourselves, the aspirations we have for our state, and the hopes we have for our world.