Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

2010 Messages to faculty, staff

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.

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.
—ALA
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.

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.