Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

2011 Messages to faculty, staff

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.

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.