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.
I look forward to these ceremonies, as I look forward to the numerous events across campus I attend as chancellor during the year. In most cases, I am at these events in an official role. This often limits my ability to have open, informal conversations about our university, including both our excellence and our challenges.
Today and tomorrow, in both Lawrence and at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, I will be hosting town hall forums during the noon hour to enable those types of conversations with faculty and staff.
- Lawrence — Monday, March 23 at noon in the Kansas Union Ballroom
- Medical Center — Tuesday, March 24 at noon in the School of Nursing Auditorium (A live broadcast will be available in Salina, Wichita, and the Clinical Research Center)
The setting will be relaxed — no podiums, no speeches, no slides. I want this to be an opportunity to provide you a brief update on important issues facing KU and then engage with you in a question and answer, town hall format for the remainder of the hour.
I look forward to seeing you today or tomorrow.