Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

In the news

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.
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.
Fri, 11/12/2010
Research universities are facing a range of new challenges that affect their ability to successfully accomplish their teaching and research missions. Chancellor Gray-Little discussed the new landscape for universities in the keynote address at the Reinvention Center National Conference in Washington, DC.
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.
Fri, 09/17/2010
Chancellor Gray-Little helped welcome new citizens of the United States during a Naturalization Ceremony held at the Dole Institute of Politics.
Thu, 09/16/2010
Chancellor Gray-Little gave an update to the Kansas Board of Regents on actions taken to ensure transparency and accountability in Kansas Athletics.
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.
Wed, 08/18/2010
Tonight marks the 145th time the university community has come together to celebrate the beginning of a school year. It is a time when we reunite with our colleagues, as well as welcome new students, faculty and staff to the university.
Tue, 08/17/2010
Chancellor Gray-Little spoke to faculty members about the importance of teaching as part of the KU Summit 2010, which is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence, Provost’s Office and KU Medical Center.
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.
Fri, 07/30/2010
Chancellor Gray-Little spoke to incoming medical students and their families during this annual event at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
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.
Wed, 06/16/2010
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little took part in The Central Exchange’s CEO Series, talking about her leadership style and the challenges that university leaders face.
Sun, 05/16/2010
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little's Address to the 2010 Commencement of the University of Kansas.
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.


One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
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.