Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little

Messages to faculty, staff

Mon, 04/17/2017

American public universities have played a special role ever since the first were chartered in the late 1700s. The founders understood that the United States would prosper only if it had strong universities that could educate the next generation of leaders and create the inventions and ideas that drive progress.

Mon, 02/27/2017

With new leadership comes new ideas, and that has certainly been the case in Washington since January. Some of the ideas proposed by the new administration have caused concern at universities nationwide – including the University of Kansas – and I believe many of those concerns are valid. I want to assure you we continue to work with peer universities and our congressional delegation to be part of the policymaking process on issues affecting higher education.

Mon, 02/13/2017

Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to visit with the House Higher Education Budget Committee, which this year includes a number of first-year legislators. It was my second visit in three weeks with this group, and each time, I was heartened to meet with so many thoughtful lawmakers who care deeply about our state and our university.

Sun, 01/29/2017

Last Friday’s executive order suspending immigration from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen has raised concerns for many members of the University of Kansas community. I share these concerns, and I want to assure you we are coordinating with our international programs staff, immigration experts, and peer universities to fully understand the implications of the new federal policies.

Tue, 01/17/2017

As has been the case for many years, the start of our spring semester coincides with Martin Luther King Day observances. I re-read my opening messages of the past few years, and I found myself almost wishing that Martin Luther King Day might eventually be “just another holiday” – but it is not yet. This year, more than any I can remember in more than 30 years, King’s call for equal justice and his aspiration to make true democracy a reality for our country are needed.

Fri, 12/16/2016

As our semester comes to a close, I want to take a moment to reflect on your achievements during the past few months and thank you for your efforts on behalf of our university.

Mon, 12/05/2016

I remain committed to working with policymakers, elected officials and university leaders nationwide to promote science, research and universities’ central role in driving new discoveries and technologies. At the same time, I call on all of you to continue doing what you do best — that is, making discoveries that improve lives, create prosperity, and help us better understand the world. This is our obligation as a community of scholars.

Mon, 11/21/2016

Thanksgiving is the time of year to reflect on the blessings in our lives and the things for which we are grateful. My hope for you is that these blessings include family, friends, health and the chance to wake up each day and live a meaningful life.

Mon, 11/07/2016

The Integrated Science Building takes center stage this Thursday when we host a “topping out” ceremony with the Central District development team and construction crew. The event will include a short program and conclude with the ceremonial “raising of the final beam” atop the building.

Mon, 10/24/2016

The mission of the University of Kansas is to educate leaders, build healthy communities and make discoveries that change the world. Later this week, we have an opportunity to see all aspects of this mission on display in a special way.

Mon, 10/10/2016

Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our University of Kansas community. With that in mind, I’d like to update you on our efforts to ensure KU is in compliance with state law allowing concealed weapons on university campuses beginning July 1, 2017.

Tue, 09/27/2016

As a university and a public institution, we must support the right of the members of our KU community to express their individually held beliefs. Free speech and free expression are core tenets of why universities are the center of debate, thought and discourse in our world.

Mon, 09/26/2016

I am delighted to announce this year’s freshman class has grown for the fifth straight year and is the most academically talented class in KU history, according to enrollment numbers released today.

Thu, 09/22/2016

Recently, I shared with the Kansas Board of Regents my intention to step down as chancellor next summer. KU always has been a special place with remarkable people and an instinctive spirit to change our world for the better. It has been an honor to lead the University of Kansas and serve as your chancellor.

Tue, 09/06/2016

I believe that public research universities play a special role in our society. In addition to educating students and making discoveries, we address society’s most complicated challenges on behalf of the public good. At the University of Kansas, this is reflected in our mission to strengthen communities in areas where our expertise can make a difference, both in Kansas and beyond.

Mon, 08/22/2016

The start of the fall semester is always exciting at the University of Kansas. A sense of renewal comes from seeing thousands of students returning to our campuses, and it makes me proud to think about the great work we’ll do as a community of scholars during the coming year. This year is especially exciting because of the transformation that continues at KU.

Mon, 05/16/2016

Yesterday we came together for Commencement, and I want to thank all of you who made it such a special day for our graduates and their families and friends. I would also like to take a moment to look back on what has been an historic year for the University of Kansas, thanks to you.

Mon, 04/18/2016

It is my pleasure to share with you the recipients of this year’s 2016 Scholarly Achievement Awards, which recognize five KU mid-career faculty for significant scholarly or research achievement.

Mon, 04/04/2016

Last week, we announced we will soon be welcoming three candidates for the position of Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of the Lawrence campus. The search committee received strong applications from candidates across the country who are excited about this opportunity. The truth is, KU is in an excellent position to attract top candidates for this role, thanks to your hard work.

Mon, 03/21/2016

Welcome back from Spring Break! For those of you who stayed on campus, I hope you took advantage of the slightly slower pace to catch up or get ahead on your next project. For those who left town, I hope you’re rested and ready to finish the semester strong.

Wed, 03/02/2016

Yesterday afternoon, Governor Sam Brownback announced a 3 percent cut to Kansas Board of Regents universities, totaling $17 million for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. For the University of Kansas, this reduction amounts to $7.18 million across all our campuses — $3.95 million for KU Lawrence, and $3.23 million for KU Medical Center.

Mon, 02/29/2016

In December, I wrote about how the University of Kansas is working to comply with the state law that will allow concealed handguns in campus facilities beginning July 1, 2017. Today I’d like to update you on our efforts.

Mon, 02/15/2016

The University of Kansas freshman class has grown for four straight years, a notable achievement that can be attributed largely to the great work being done by Enrollment Management, Marketing Communications and other offices that communicate directly with prospective students.

Mon, 02/01/2016

Faculty, staff and students at the University of Kansas are building healthier communities across our state, and I want to update you on these efforts. But first, I want to provide a brief update from Topeka, where the 2016 Legislative Session has begun.

Tue, 01/19/2016

As we begin this new semester, I would like to reflect on discussions about diversity and inclusion we had last semester and our ongoing work on these issues. This is especially fitting as we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week through various events on campus and in our communities.

Fri, 12/18/2015

As our semester comes to a close and we begin preparations for the holiday season, I want to thank you — our alumni — for your support. Many of you encourage talented students to come to KU, while others of you donate time and financial resources to KU. Your Jayhawk pride and generosity are critical to our mission.

Thu, 12/17/2015

As our semester comes to a close and we begin preparations for the holiday season, I want to take a moment to thank you for your efforts and celebrate your achievements over the past few months.

Mon, 12/07/2015

There has been increasing discussion about changes to Kansas gun policy that will impact state universities beginning in 2017. In light of this, I’d like to outline next steps for the University of Kansas related to guns on our campuses.

Tue, 11/24/2015

A few weeks ago, we learned that Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter will be leaving us at the end of the semester to become Chancellor at the University of Mississippi. I am writing today to announce we have established the search committee that will lead our efforts to identify our next provost.

Mon, 11/23/2015

At the University of Kansas, we are focused on educating leaders who will go on to make positive contributions to our society. We are fortunate to welcome one such leader, former President Bill Clinton, to our campus today to receive the 2015 Dole Leadership Prize.

Fri, 11/13/2015

Earlier this year at Convocation, I encouraged our incoming freshmen to use their time at the University of Kansas to begin addressing our society’s great challenges.

Mon, 11/09/2015

One of my favorite experiences as chancellor is visiting with friends and supporters of the University of Kansas across the state and nation. From their detailed comments and questions, I can tell they are tracking our progress.

Thu, 10/29/2015

Colleagues,

I am writing to let you know that a key member of our executive team will be leaving the University of Kansas for a new leadership opportunity.

Mon, 10/26/2015

The mission of the University of Kansas is to educate leaders, build healthy communities and make discoveries that change the world. Recently, we had a special opportunity to see all aspects of that mission on display in a very powerful way.

Mon, 10/05/2015

This year’s freshman class is already shaping up to be quite special. First, the Class of 2019 grew to 4,187 students — an increase of 2.5 percent from last year — marking the fourth straight year of freshman class growth. More importantly, this year’s freshmen have the highest average high school GPA and second-highest average ACT score in KU history, as well as the second-highest percentage of minority students on record.

Mon, 09/21/2015

As a flagship research university, the University of Kansas’ first mission is to educate leaders who will contribute to our state and society. Of course, before we can educate these leaders, we must first recruit them to join us on Mount Oread. Thanks to your efforts, the University of Kansas continues to differentiate itself by offering outstanding educational opportunities and experiences for prospective students.

Tue, 09/08/2015

As a flagship research university, KU has a special responsibility to make discoveries that improve lives, create prosperity, and help us better understand the world. This responsibility is borne by our community of scholars — faculty, staff and students — who seek out knowledge and then share it. Thanks to your efforts, we are fulfilling this obligation.

Mon, 08/24/2015

The start of the fall semester is among my favorite times of the year. The energy that comes from having students, faculty and staff back on our campuses is palpable, and it is invigorating to think about the work we will do as a community of scholars.

Mon, 08/03/2015

Former University of Kansas Chancellor Robert Hemenway passed away Friday evening. He was 73 years old, and we take great comfort in knowing he spent his final days surrounded by his family. He leaves behind his wife, Leah, and eight grown children. While we are deeply saddened to learn of his passing, I hope we can use the coming days to celebrate his life, including the tremendous work he did as the university’s chancellor from 1995-2009.

Wed, 06/03/2015

As you’re likely aware, the Kansas Legislature has still not passed a budget for Fiscal Year 2016. Without a budget, there is no authority to distribute funds to cover the first pay period of the fiscal year, which begins Sunday, June 7. The result would be the furlough of state employees beginning that day.

Sat, 05/30/2015

From social media to research and instruction, the University strongly supports the First Amendment rights of faculty and the freedom of faculty to pursue the independent and uninhibited exchange of ideas.

Thu, 05/14/2015

In just a few days, we’ll gather for Commencement to celebrate the Class of 2015. Of course, Commencement is also an opportunity to look back on the year and reflect on the achievements of all our students, faculty and staff.

Mon, 05/04/2015

The month of May is exhilarating on our campus, partly due to the flurry of activity that comes with the end of the semester, and partly due to the anticipation of Commencement. May is also the ideal time to look back on the year and celebrate your achievements. And there are many worth celebrating.

Mon, 04/20/2015

Once embraced as a collective good, a public higher education is increasingly viewed — and paid for — as a private one. This has serious implications for students and families, and also for our economy and society, neither of which can prosper without the unique public benefits universities provide.

Mon, 04/06/2015

Last month, five new Foundation Distinguished Professors were announced, bringing the total number to eight. Victor Agadjanian, Beth Bailey, James Bever, Cecilia Menjivar, and Dennis O'Rourke represent a major step toward completing the initiative we began with our partners in Topeka three years ago.

Mon, 03/23/2015

At the start of each academic year, I have the privilege of welcoming new students and addressing our community at Convocation. And at the end of each academic year, it is my honor to preside over Commencement and confer more than 7,000 degrees upon new University of Kansas graduates.

Mon, 03/09/2015

During my tenure as chancellor, we have engaged in campus forums dedicated to specific topics ranging from our strategic plan to sexual assault on campus. I have always greatly appreciated the strong participation and open conversations of the KU community at these events.

Mon, 03/02/2015

We’ve all seen the groups of prospective students and their families touring campus with a backwards-walking Student Ambassador leading the way. But what may appear to be simply a tour is in reality a vital part of a student’s decision on which college to attend.

Wed, 02/11/2015

We are committed to the University of Kansas being an inclusive community where all feel welcome and able to express themselves without fear of discrimination. This value is a foundational one for our university, and KU’s non-discrimination policy includes prohibitions against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression among its protections.

Fri, 01/23/2015

Yesterday was an historic day for the University of Kansas, as we had the honor of welcoming President Barack Obama to the university. I believe I can speak for everyone who had the chance to be part of the visit in saying it was a truly special moment for our university, and one we will not soon forget.

Tue, 01/20/2015

As we start this new semester, I want to continue the discussions we were having toward the end of the fall semester on how to be a more inclusive community. This is all the more appropriate since we are celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jrthrough events this week and next.

Thu, 12/18/2014

It’s the last week of the semester, and as students finish their last finals of 2014, I want to update you on some of the achievements of your fellow Jayhawks. But first I want to thank you and your fellow friends of KU who have made many of these achievements possible. Many of you serve on alumni advisory boards, while others help us recruit students, and still more are donors. Your support and generosity are vital to KU’s success.

Mon, 12/08/2014

A reporter from the University Daily Kansan recently asked me, “What is your favorite part about being chancellor?” I told her what I tell everyone who asks: Getting to celebrate the individual and collective accomplishments of our community—your accomplishments.

Mon, 11/24/2014

As you prepare for Thanksgiving Break, I want to express my gratitude to you for not just choosing to work at a university, but for choosing to work at a public university.

Mon, 10/27/2014

At the Board of Regents meeting earlier this month, I outlined the progress we’ve made toward achieving our bold aspirations.

The regents were impressed—by you and your accomplishments.

Mon, 10/06/2014

Our first mission as a flagship research university is to educate leaders who will go on to contribute to our state and society after graduation. It’s at the heart of everything we do as an institution, and is central to our Bold Aspirations strategic plan. Thanks to you, we continue to make progress in this vital area, including in growing the number of students who choose to become Jayhawks, as this fall we saw enrollment rise for the first time since 2008’s record level.

Thu, 09/11/2014

During the past week, we have engaged as a community in an ongoing dialogue about sexual assault and how we can address this difficult issue together. Some of you have shared heartbreaking stories of your own sexual assault, while others have made recommendations about actions we can take to improve our prevention and response efforts.

Thu, 09/04/2014

Sexual assault on college campuses is a national problem, and one that has been highlighted this week here at the University of Kansas.

Tue, 09/02/2014

This is one of my favorite times of the year. The residence and scholarship halls are full of activity. Jayhawk Boulevard has reopened. And students on all five of our campuses are back in classrooms, laboratories, and libraries as we start a new academic year.

Mon, 08/25/2014

Classrooms and sidewalks are filling up, and the construction fencing for most projects is coming down, marking the start of a new academic year at the University of Kansas. For those of you who are new to our university: welcome. I know I speak for your colleagues when I say that I’m glad you’re here and I can’t wait to see the contributions you will make to our community. For those of you who are returning, and for the many of you for whom summer isn’t a break at all, I hope that you are ready to continue our shared drive to achieve our bold aspirations.

Fri, 05/16/2014

Freedom of inquiry and expression are vital to the success of universities, as well as central to the rights and responsibilities we have as university faculty and staff. As with most Regents policies, application of the social media policy will be governed by each individual campus. At the University of Kansas, we will ensure that the application is guided by our commitment to academic freedom and open inquiry and expression as protected by the First Amendment.

Tue, 05/13/2014

In just a few days, we’ll gather at Commencement to congratulate the Class of 2014. They will walk down the Hill and into the world having benefited from all the opportunities available at a flagship research university. The Jayhawk Nation is truly global, and I know that you will welcome this year’s graduates into your ranks, helping them get off to a good start, just as generations of KU alumni have done for each succeeding class.​

Mon, 05/05/2014

Before we gather at Commencement to congratulate our graduates, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your achievements during the course of the academic year. You have much to be proud of.

Mon, 04/21/2014

Our first mission as a university is to educate students who will go out into the world and become leaders in their fields and their communities. We have an example of one of those leaders returning to our campus tomorrow.

Mon, 04/07/2014

During the past several months, we have been working closely with policymakers to secure support for initiatives that will help the University of Kansas achieve its bold aspirations. I’m pleased to report success in several key areas.

Mon, 03/10/2014

When the 2014 session of the Kansas Legislature opened in mid-January, Governor Brownback proposed a budget that saw partial restorations of the cuts made to the University of Kansas last year. Over the past two months, I and several other leaders from our university have met with legislators and testified to committees in support of the Governor’s Budget. We outlined how the proposals for higher education would help us better serve Kansans and achieve the shared aspirations we have for the university.

Mon, 02/24/2014

Our primary mission at the University of Kansas is to educate students to become leaders in our state and world. As chancellor, nothing is more satisfying than the opportunity to visit with KU graduates who walked down the Hill and went on to prosperous careers and fulfilling lives.

Mon, 02/10/2014

One of the great privileges of being chancellor is that I get to share your accomplishments with our alumni and donors, policymakers, and peers around the nation. From alumni gatherings to meetings with AAU presidents, and now in the 2014 Chancellor’s Report, I have the honor of sharing your achievements with the world.

Thu, 02/06/2014

I’d like to thank the staff members on all of our campuses who have been hard at work the past couple days clearing the snow so the university could reopen. It is a cold, difficult job, and our community is grateful for your efforts. I also want to thank those of you who worked through the storm in order to keep our students housed, fed, and safe. The forecast calls for the accumulated snow to stay with us for a while, so please be careful when traveling.

Tue, 01/21/2014

Partnerships with policymakers at all levels of government are vital to our ability to achieve our bold aspirations. As we start the new semester, I want to update you on news from the Statehouse and the Board of Regents that is of interest to the University of Kansas.

Thu, 12/19/2013

Yesterday, the Board of Regents voted to enact a policy governing social media postings by faculty and staff at all Regents universities. Application of this policy falls to the individual universities. As is the case with other Regents policies governing faculty and staff rights and responsibilities, we will work closely with university governance on how to apply this policy at KU in a way that respects our university’s core values and beliefs, as well as our rights and responsibilities as public university employees.

Tue, 12/10/2013

We’re in the last week of fall classes at the University of Kansas, and after finals next week, students will be heading home for break. As the semester ends, so too does a special year for our university.

Mon, 12/09/2013

Four days of classes, then finals, and the semester will be over. But before we begin the winter break, I want to thank you for your achievements over the past semester and year.

Mon, 11/25/2013

A strong economy and a dynamic society require leaders from all kinds of disciplines, ranging from science and engineering to the humanities, social sciences, and the arts. As the state’s flagship research university, we are uniquely positioned to educate leaders across a great many fields and disciplines.

Mon, 10/28/2013

This Wednesday we will welcome members of the Kansas Legislature to two of our campuses as part of their tour of the state’s higher education institutions. Members of the House Appropriations and Senate Ways and Means committees will attend, as will members of the leadership of both chambers.

Mon, 10/07/2013

Two years ago at Opening Convocation, I talked about the climb that students and the university were embarking upon. While the students’ climb ends with a walk down Mount Oread, for our university I said, “the climb will never truly end, but we will still feel that same sense of accomplishment when we achieve the higher aspirations we are now setting for ourselves and our institution.”

Mon, 09/23/2013

You have probably heard or read that a faculty member at our university used his personal Twitter account to make comments in the wake of the Navy Yard shooting in Washington, D.C., that have understandably generated outrage.

Mon, 09/09/2013

If you couldn’t tell from all the students wearing Far Above t-shirts, over the weekend we launched a new phase in the campaign to achieve our bold aspirations for the University of Kansas and The University of Kansas Hospital.

Mon, 08/26/2013

The start of the academic year is a time of renewal. As we welcome new students, faculty and staff to the University of Kansas, we’re also welcoming new ideas, energy and perspectives to our community of scholars.

Mon, 06/10/2013

A few weeks ago we celebrated Commencement, concluding an academic year that has seen the University of Kansas take big strides toward achieving our bold aspirations. We’re poised to continue that progress, but first I must update you on the latest round of state budget cuts.

Wed, 06/05/2013

Over the weekend, by the narrowest of majorities the Kansas Legislature passed the state budget for FY 2014 and FY 2015, which Governor Brownback is expected to sign into law. Despite advocacy that included the work of Jayhawks for Higher Education, legislators cut the University of Kansas budget by $13.53 million over the next two years.

Mon, 05/13/2013
We watched Jayhawks perform at Carnegie Hall and race in the Olympics. We’ve seen them honored with Goldwater, Truman, State Department and numerous other scholarships. And we’ve celebrated as they won everything from moot court competitions to newspaper advertising awards. These are all tremendous achievements, but there have been many others. They’re less visible, but they occur every day in classrooms, study sessions and one-on-one meetings, where you have helped our students prepare to be leaders in their fields and in our world.
Mon, 04/22/2013
Some days, it might seem like we’re just moving stones from place to place. But that’s when we must remember the future, and remember we are in fact building a cathedral. What we do today will change the lives of countless people tomorrow, and serve as a testament to the talent and dedication of the faculty, staff and students of this university.
Wed, 04/17/2013
Last week I wrote to you about some of the effects that budget cuts proposed by the Kansas Legislature would have on the University of Kansas and our ability to meet our responsibilities as the state’s flagship university. Working with leaders on all of our campuses, I have additional details to share with you, which I will also be sharing this afternoon with the Board of Regents.
Mon, 04/08/2013
The University of Kansas has special responsibilities, including educating leaders who contribute to the prosperity of their communities and conducting research that leads to new ideas, new products and new treatments. In these and countless other ways, we contribute to the well-being of our state. Our continued ability to meet these responsibilities is threatened by budget cuts being considered by the Kansas Legislature.
Mon, 03/25/2013
There is a debate taking place regarding the future of public universities and the role they play in our society. This debate is taking place across our nation, and is most visible when it comes time for legislators and governors to pass state budgets.
Mon, 03/04/2013
At the start of the semester, I mentioned to you how donors and alumni around the nation have shared with me their support for the changes we’re making at the University of Kansas. I’d like to expand on that theme, discussing how these changes complement each other and advance our entire university.
Mon, 02/18/2013
Our ability to continue fulfilling our mission depends on the talent of our faculty, staff and, importantly, our students. That’s why we must continue to aggressively recruit talented students to KU, whether they’re from Kansas or outside the state, by demonstrating that KU is uniquely positioned to prepare them for successful careers and lives.
Tue, 02/05/2013
I'm pleased to present my 2013 State of the University address in this brief video, which details how the University of Kansas is meeting its responsibilities as the state’s flagship university by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.
Tue, 01/22/2013
As we start a new year, we’re building on the progress made in 2012 toward achieving our bold aspirations. This progress was the result of the work of countless people across our university, and I’m pleased to tell you that work has not gone unnoticed.
Mon, 12/10/2012
When you look back on what we’ve done over the past year, it’s hard to believe we fit it all into 12 months.
Mon, 11/26/2012
At my first Convocation, I outlined three areas that I would focus on as your chancellor: increasing the percentage of students who graduate, enhancing scholarship in all disciplines, and securing the resources we need to accomplish our goals.
Mon, 11/12/2012
Over the course of the past week, we have marked two occasions that remind us of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, as well as how we as individuals and as a university contribute to our democracy.
Fri, 10/26/2012

It’s the 100th anniversary of Homecoming at the University of Kansas, and Jayhawks are returning to campus during what is already proving to be a successful fall semester. This fall, we’ve welcomed a record-setting class of new Jayhawks, been visited by a president, celebrated our largest-ever research grant and made progress toward achieving our bold aspirations.

Mon, 10/15/2012
Our first mission as a university is to educate the students who will go on to become leaders in our state, nation and world. As Kansas’ flagship research university, we are able to give those students unique opportunities that will better prepare them for prosperous careers and successful lives.
Mon, 09/24/2012
Today we are honored to welcome a distinguished alumnus, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, back to the University of Kansas.
Mon, 09/10/2012
As a public university, the University of Kansas has a special responsibility to the people of our state who provide roughly a fifth of our budget. Part of our mission involves building healthy communities, which includes a wide range of ways our students, faculty and staff contribute to the health and vitality of Kansas.
Mon, 08/20/2012
This is one of my favorite times of the year. There’s a certain energy that comes from having thousands of talented students, faculty and staff back on our campuses. Of course, this past summer was not without its own excitement.
Thu, 07/12/2012
Chancellor Gray-Little wrote to alumni to report that The University of Kansas Cancer Center has officially been named a National Cancer Institute designated cancer center. This achievement will have benefits for patients throughout the region, as well as for our university.
Fri, 06/29/2012
You may have seen news reports that The University of Kansas Cancer Center has been selected to receive National Cancer Institute designation. While we are encouraged by this news, we do not yet have our formal notice of grant award and have been asked by the NIH to reserve July 12 for a formal announcement.
Thu, 06/28/2012
It’s been an eventful summer so far on Mount Oread. While there are fewer students here during the summer semester, there is still plenty of activity that I want to update you on as the University of Kansas continues to work toward the goals set out in Bold Aspirations.
Mon, 05/07/2012
Signs that Commencement is near are evident across the university. Students are taking finals and completing end-of-the-semester projects, while faculty members are preparing for research trips or summer courses. And our facilities staff is busy making sure the Lawrence campus is beautiful and ready to welcome thousands of visitors this weekend.
Mon, 04/30/2012
The University of Kansas would be a very different place without the support of private donors.
Mon, 04/23/2012
I am writing to invite you to the Employee Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, May 3 at 1:30 p.m. in the Kansas Union Ballroom. A reception will follow. This is KU's annual event to honor our employees for their years of service to the University. Service pins are given to 5 through 15-year honorees, and gifts are given to honorees with 20-45 years of service. Employees of the Month are recognized and the Employees of the Year are announced.
Mon, 04/09/2012
The past several years at the University of Kansas Medical Center have seen tremendous growth and progress toward fulfilling the university’s mission. Overseeing this progress has been Dr. Barbara Atkinson, in her roles as executive vice chancellor and executive dean of the School of Medicine.
Mon, 04/02/2012
The past few weeks, we’ve all enjoyed watching our student-athletes excel on the national stage. Coach Self and his team have played their way into tonight’s NCAA National Championship, while Coach Henrickson and her squad advanced to the Sweet 16.
Sun, 04/01/2012
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little today commended fans for safely celebrating the University of Kansas' 64-62 win over Ohio State in the Final Four on Saturday night.
Fri, 03/16/2012
As a center for scholarship and research, the University of Kansas is committed to making discoveries that change the world. But for those discoveries to have the maximum benefit for the state and society we serve, they must be shared.
Mon, 02/27/2012
This winter you may have noticed some Kansas Athletics billboards around the Kansas City area stating, “We are Kansas City.” These billboards featured enduring moments in the history of Jayhawk athletics in the city, but that sentiment is shared across the university, and by the tens of thousands of KU alumni who live in Kansas City and surrounding communities.
Mon, 02/13/2012
As the state’s flagship university, the University of Kansas has a responsibility to contribute to the health, vitality and prosperity of our state. Included in that mission is encouraging the commercialization of KU discoveries.
Tue, 01/31/2012
In November, I wrote to you about the duty we each have as human beings to immediately report to law enforcement any abuse or sexual assault of a child, including reports you receive from others. I also told you we were examining university policies to codify that responsibility for our employees.
Tue, 01/17/2012
As our students were completing their finals last month, I was meeting with the Board of Regents to share the aspirations we have set for ourselves as a university, as well as outlining how we will achieve them.
Mon, 12/12/2011
Finals began today and the semester will soon come to a close. But before we turn our attention to spending time with loved ones during the break, I want look back over what has been an eventful and successful fall at the University of Kansas.
Mon, 11/28/2011
From climate change to shortages of vital resources like water and fuel, our world faces a range of challenges. How we as a university, nation, and society meet these challenges will determine the health, well-being and prosperity of not just our children and grandchildren, but all of us.
Mon, 11/14/2011
Next week we’ll celebrate Thanksgiving. Many will head home for the holiday, while many of our international students will be welcomed into the homes of local residents as part of the 57th annual Betty Grimwood Thanksgiving Homestay Program.
Fri, 11/11/2011
The University of Kansas Medical Center has undergone remarkable growth and progress during Executive Vice Chancellor Barbara Atkinson’s leadership. More Kansans are being treated by KU-educated health professionals, and more patients have access to new treatments discovered by KU researchers thanks to accomplishments at the medical center.
Thu, 11/10/2011
The shocking allegations of abuse at Penn State serve as a reminder to us all of the importance of reporting crimes and other offenses to the proper authorities, including law enforcement.
Fri, 11/04/2011
KU is dedicated to being recognized among the top-tier public international research universities. To achieve this goal, we must transform our institution in terms of effectiveness and efficiency. Our resources should be carefully dedicated to meeting our mission of educating future leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that will change the world.
Mon, 10/31/2011
As someone who believes a truly great university educates its students on how to make a good living and a good life, I’ve followed with some concern the pressure placed on universities to only educate students for their careers. This is most often felt in the humanities and is something I spoke about at the Reinvention Center’s national conference last year.
Mon, 10/17/2011
In my previous message, I discussed how the initiatives underway at KU fit together and how work on each one helps us make progress on the other two. This time, I want to focus specifically on the important role that graduate programs — especially doctoral education — play in KU’s ability to achieve its mission.
Mon, 10/03/2011
We are engaged in three big initiatives: Bold Aspirations, the strategic plan; Changing for Excellence, our project to increase efficiency and effectiveness; and Far Above, the comprehensive fundraising campaign. One question I’ve been asked is why we’re undertaking these, and specifically why we’re doing them all at the same time.
Mon, 09/19/2011
This week we mark a milestone in the University of Kansas’ drive to cure cancer.
Tue, 09/06/2011
I’ve often talked about the special role the University of Kansas fills as the state’s flagship research university. We’re called upon to educate tomorrow’s leaders, conduct innovative research, and build strong, healthy communities through service.
Mon, 08/22/2011
Welcome to the first day of classes of the 2011–12 academic year at the University of Kansas! It was a pleasure to see many of you at Convocation last night as we formally started the latest chapter in the history of our university.
Mon, 08/15/2011
As you know, the effects of the national recession and resulting state budget crisis have not spared the University of Kansas. In this context, it is clear that we must do things differently if we are to maintain current standards of quality, let alone make the improvements that are necessary to ensure KU’s future success.
Mon, 08/01/2011
Scholarships are one of our best tools for recruiting talented students to the University of Kansas. That’s why we’ve been realigning our scholarship programs to offer renewable scholarships to more incoming students.
Mon, 05/16/2011
Another successful academic year at the University of Kansas is about to conclude. Students start finals today and Commencement is now less than a week away. It’s sometimes easy to get caught up during the rush of the semester and forget about what a remarkable institution we work for.
Mon, 05/02/2011
This weekend brought news that two members of the Association of American Universities were leaving the organization – one voluntarily and one after a vote by two-thirds of AAU members to discontinue its membership. This came after a review of both universities’ status was initiated by the AAU last year.
Tue, 04/12/2011
Last April, I announced that the Lawrence Campus would be developing a comprehensive sustainability plan, setting measurable goals toward minimizing our negative environmental and social impacts. Today I'm pleased to share an update on that process, along with opportunities for you to get involved with sustainability initiatives in our community.
Mon, 03/28/2011
The University of Kansas is an active member of communities throughout Kansas. Our faculty, staff and students volunteer countless hours in service of others, both on their own and through events organized by university groups.
Mon, 03/07/2011
I wanted to send you a short message today updating you on two efforts that are central to the future of KU: the strategic planning process and the comprehensive campaign.
Mon, 02/21/2011
In the two previous messages this semester, I've talked about how events in Topeka shape our ability to carry out the university's mission. This time I'd like to focus on how actions in Washington also affect KU.
Mon, 02/07/2011
Service to others is central to our mission. We serve our students by inspiring them to reach their full potential. We serve the world through scholarly and creative endeavors that enhance quality of life and create jobs and prosperity. And we serve society through the work of countless individuals on our campuses, around the state, and all over the globe.
Mon, 01/24/2011
As we start the spring semester I want to invite you to attend the State of the University Address, this Thursday, January 27 at 4 p.m. in Woodruff Auditorium. This event will give us an opportunity to look at the major events of the past year, as well as to talk about the challenges and opportunities facing KU in the coming months.
Wed, 12/15/2010
There’s one more week left in the semester and one final flurry of activity before the university becomes a much quieter place for a few weeks.
Mon, 11/22/2010
Thanksgiving is only a few days away, which means many of us will be making trips to visit family and, in the case of our students, get a home-cooked meal and a short break before finals begin.
Tue, 11/09/2010
Tonight the steering committee and three work groups representing university constituencies will begin the task of identifying strategic action items, including metrics and a timeline that will enable us to measure our progress. As they prepare to do so, I want to briefly share with you some of the reasons why this process is not only important, but urgent.
Mon, 10/11/2010
The education provided in our classrooms and through scholarly experiences beyond the classroom plays a crucial role in what students learn at KU. But we should also remember that the structure of the curriculum has a significant effect on what our students learn during their time here.
Mon, 08/30/2010
Recruiting students to become active members of the KU community is one of the most important jobs at our institution. Too often, however, we assume that the job of recruiting undergraduates falls only to the staff in the Office of Admissions, when in reality recruiting is a responsibility we all share.
Mon, 08/16/2010
I’ll be coming to Convocation after attending the Board of Regents’ annual retreat that afternoon. During this year’s retreat, the Regents have asked university leaders to outline their plans for the future of their institutions. I want to give you a preview of what I’ll talk about with the board.
Wed, 06/30/2010
Today marks the last day of Danny Anderson's term as interim provost and executive vice chancellor, but the legacy of his service in that position will extend far into the future.
Thu, 06/17/2010
The university is making marked progress on several goals important to our academic and research endeavors. These initiatives are fundamental to our ability to extend the boundaries of human knowledge and advance the horizons of our students, the state and our world.
Mon, 05/10/2010
It is hard to believe that my first walk down the Hill is a week away. It seems like only yesterday that Shade and I made our first visit to the Outlook, took our first stroll down Mass. Street, and experienced for the first time the warm welcome of the Jayhawk family.
Mon, 04/26/2010
As I wrote to you last month, we have been closely monitoring the budget deliberations in Topeka. One of the key dates in those deliberations has now passed and legislators are set to return to Topeka this Wednesday, so I wanted to update you on the current status of the state budget.
Mon, 04/12/2010
First let me say how moved I was by the inaugural ceremony yesterday. It is an honor to lead an institution that has such devoted faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends. I look forward to working with all of you to advance the initiatives I outlined in my remarks, as well as achieve our broader goals in the areas of teaching, research and service.
Mon, 03/29/2010
You see a lot of blue on our campuses. Usually it is paired with crimson and worn to support the Jayhawks. But at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Yoder, just outside of Hutchinson, there's a different reason most people are dressed in blue.
Mon, 03/08/2010
As much as I'd like to again send you a message about the memories that Jayhawks continue to share with me about their experiences at KU, I need to instead update you on where the university's budget and other priorities currently stand in the Kansas Legislature.
Mon, 02/22/2010
As you might imagine, the Chancellor's Office receives an incredible amount of mail - communications from campus units, official correspondence from the Board of Regents, reports from other universities, and sales pitches from vendors.
Mon, 01/25/2010
Most of us can remember our favorite teacher or professor - someone who engaged and mentored us, opening our eyes to a new field of study or career path. For me, it was two high school teachers who inspired a love of language and of philosophy.
Thu, 01/14/2010
In addition to the beginning of spring classes, this week also marked the start of the 2010 Legislative Session. State leaders face serious budget challenges, but I was gratified to hear Governor Mark Parkinson begin the session on Monday with a strong endorsement of the benefits universities provide to Kansas.
Mon, 12/07/2009
It seems hard to believe that the end of the fall semester is upon us, with finals starting next week. Wasn’t it just yesterday that we came to campus, ready to start a new school year? It doesn’t seem possible that it was four months ago that Shade and I started to unpack in the beautiful Outlook.
Mon, 11/09/2009
I came to the University of Kansas with three initial goals: Increase our retention and graduation rates, enhance the university’s scholarly and research profile, and ensure we have the resources to accomplish these goals.
Mon, 10/26/2009
The start of the school year two months ago meant a return to campus for students, faculty and staff. But it also meant the return of an unwelcome visitor – the H1N1 flu virus.
Mon, 10/12/2009
Kansas is a big state. It’s easy to see that on a map, but only when you start to travel do you fully appreciate its size and diversity.
Mon, 09/14/2009
The state constitution calls for educational institutions dedicated to the “intellectual, educational, vocational and scientific improvement” of Kansas. That’s where we derive our mission of teaching, research and service to the people of Kansas. Our work in these areas provides our state with educated graduates, life-changing research and service projects that benefit Kansas communities.
Mon, 08/31/2009
I’ve officially been chancellor of the University of Kansas for a little more than two weeks now and I can tell you I’m more excited about this university and this job than when I started.

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.

 

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