Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

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Thu, 02/07/2013
During testimony to the Senate Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education, Chancellor Gray-Little highlighted the benefits that the University of Kansas provides to Kansans, from an educated workforce and healthier communities, to discoveries that create jobs and prosperity.
Tue, 02/05/2013
In the 2013 State of the University video, Chancellor Gray-Little highlights the accomplishments of the past year, as well as the changes the University of Kansas is making to ensure it is recognized as a top tier public international research university.
Tue, 02/05/2013
I'm pleased to present my 2013 State of the University address in this brief video, which details how the University of Kansas is meeting its responsibilities as the state’s flagship university by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.
Tue, 01/22/2013
As we start a new year, we’re building on the progress made in 2012 toward achieving our bold aspirations. This progress was the result of the work of countless people across our university, and I’m pleased to tell you that work has not gone unnoticed.
Fri, 01/18/2013
Chancellor Gray-Little spoke to South Middle School in Lawrence, Kan., about Martin Luther King and how they could learn from his life and legacy.
Fri, 01/18/2013
Chancellor Gray-Little commented on Governor Sam Brownback's proposed budget for FY 2014 and FY 2015, which includes additional support for the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Tue, 01/15/2013
Chancellor Gray-Little traveled to Blacksburg to deliver the keynote address at the Advancing Diversity at Virginia Tech conference. In her remarks, she emphasized that access alone is not enough and that universities need to shift their focus to success.
Mon, 12/10/2012
When you look back on what we’ve done over the past year, it’s hard to believe we fit it all into 12 months.
Wed, 12/05/2012
In an opinion column, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and University of Missouri Chancellor Brady J. Deaton warned that the cuts contained in the so-called “fiscal cliff” would harm students and research, thereby slowing economic growth and dimming prosperity in coming years. They called for a balanced solution that preserves universities’ ability to contribute to growth and job creation.
Mon, 11/26/2012
At my first Convocation, I outlined three areas that I would focus on as your chancellor: increasing the percentage of students who graduate, enhancing scholarship in all disciplines, and securing the resources we need to accomplish our goals.
Mon, 11/12/2012
Over the course of the past week, we have marked two occasions that remind us of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, as well as how we as individuals and as a university contribute to our democracy.
Tue, 10/30/2012
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little spoke at the Central Exchange on the university’s efforts to encourage more women to enter STEMM fields, or science, technology, engineering math and medicine.
Fri, 10/26/2012

It’s the 100th anniversary of Homecoming at the University of Kansas, and Jayhawks are returning to campus during what is already proving to be a successful fall semester. This fall, we’ve welcomed a record-setting class of new Jayhawks, been visited by a president, celebrated our largest-ever research grant and made progress toward achieving our bold aspirations.

Fri, 10/19/2012
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little returned to her alma mater, Marywood University, to speak at the institution’s 2012 Convocation. She talked about the related concepts of empowerment and responsibility, calling on students to live up to the university’s core values for the betterment of society.
Mon, 10/15/2012
Our first mission as a university is to educate the students who will go on to become leaders in our state, nation and world. As Kansas’ flagship research university, we are able to give those students unique opportunities that will better prepare them for prosperous careers and successful lives.
Mon, 09/24/2012
Today we are honored to welcome a distinguished alumnus, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, back to the University of Kansas.
Mon, 09/10/2012
As a public university, the University of Kansas has a special responsibility to the people of our state who provide roughly a fifth of our budget. Part of our mission involves building healthy communities, which includes a wide range of ways our students, faculty and staff contribute to the health and vitality of Kansas.
Fri, 08/24/2012
Chancellor Gray-Little discussed health disparities and how they affect more than just the health of individuals, but also their quality of life, families and communities, during the Black Health Care Coalition of Kansas City’s annual awards luncheon.
Mon, 08/20/2012
This is one of my favorite times of the year. There’s a certain energy that comes from having thousands of talented students, faculty and staff back on our campuses. Of course, this past summer was not without its own excitement.
Sun, 08/19/2012
During her remarks at the 147th Opening Convocation, Chancellor Gray-Little talked about how communities shape our identities, and encouraged students to be active members of the KU community.

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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.