Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little

Message to faculty and staff: Invitation to campus forums

Monday, March 9, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

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.

We have not ever taken the opportunity, though, to visit in a town hall setting and discuss the broad range of current happenings across the university. The recent completion of our site visit as part of the HLC accreditation process and the release of the 2015 Chancellor’s Report provide an excellent background for such a forum.

I invite you to join me at town hall forums during the noon hour on the Lawrence and Medical Center campuses:

  • Lawrence — Monday, March 23 at noon in the Kansas Union Ballroom
  • Medical Center — Tuesday, March 24 at noon in Battenfeld Auditorium

After a refreshing and — hopefully — warm Spring Break, we can gather for these informative sessions about the advances of our university, some of our outstanding accomplishments, as well as current issues facing KU including the budget, the Far Above comprehensive campaign, and the future outlook of our institution.

In each session, I will provide a brief update, then dedicate the remainder of each event to Q&A. I look forward to seeing you on Monday, March 23, or Tuesday, March 24.

Sincerely,

Bernadette Gray-Little
Chancellor



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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.