Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Thank you for your hospitality

Friday, January 23, 2015

KU Students, Faculty, and Staff:

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.

Thank you for being such gracious hosts, and for being willing to work around disruptions to your everyday routines over the past few days. There were many people visiting our campus for the first—and possibly only—time this week, including national media outlets and special guests from across the country. Frankly, the entire nation was watching the University of Kansas yesterday, and you all represented KU with class.

Though the event is over, I encourage you to visit president.ku.edu, where we will continue to share photos, video, and other items from the past week.

It had been more than a century since the last sitting president visited KU. It was a long wait, but thanks to all of you, the wait was worth it. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Bernadette Gray-Little
Chancellor



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
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.