Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little

Rhodes Rhodes

Administrative Assistant, Sr.
Primary office:
230 Strong Hall


Melissa Simpson Rhodes serves as the receptionist and general assistant for the Office of the Chancellor.

Prior to joining the Office of the Chancellor, she had been with KU’s Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation as an executive assistant since April 2015. In that role, she primarily assisted Scott Weir, institute director, and was also involved with initiatives such as RareKC and the Drug Discovery Delivery and Experimental Therapeutics Program for The University of Kansas Cancer Center.

Melissa brings strong management and organizational skills with a background in finance. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in hotel and restaurant administration and spent many years working in the hospitality, health care and public education sectors.


One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," 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.

KU is in the midst of a comprehensive effort to ensure the university is ranked among the top tier of public international research universities.

Through Bold Aspirations, our strategic plan, we're changing the way we prepare students for success. We're fostering research and scholarship across all disciplines. And we're sharing the benefits of a flagship university with our state and world.

This effort is supported by Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas, as well as our initiative to reduce administrative costs, Changing for Excellence.