Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little

In the news

Fri, 06/29/2012
You may have seen news reports that The University of Kansas Cancer Center has been selected to receive National Cancer Institute designation. While we are encouraged by this news, we do not yet have our formal notice of grant award and have been asked by the NIH to reserve July 12 for a formal announcement.
Thu, 06/28/2012
It’s been an eventful summer so far on Mount Oread. While there are fewer students here during the summer semester, there is still plenty of activity that I want to update you on as the University of Kansas continues to work toward the goals set out in Bold Aspirations.
Sun, 05/13/2012
Chancellor Gray-Little concluded KU’s Commencement festivities with a farewell to the graduating class.
Mon, 05/07/2012
Signs that Commencement is near are evident across the university. Students are taking finals and completing end-of-the-semester projects, while faculty members are preparing for research trips or summer courses. And our facilities staff is busy making sure the Lawrence campus is beautiful and ready to welcome thousands of visitors this weekend.
Mon, 04/30/2012
The University of Kansas would be a very different place without the support of private donors.
Sat, 04/28/2012
Chancellor Gray-Little spoke to guests at Allen Fieldhouse as part of the kick-off for Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas, a $1.2 billion comprehensive campaign that will support scholarships, professorships, facilities and other services at the University of Kansas and The University of Kansas Hospital.
Mon, 04/23/2012
I am writing to invite you to the Employee Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, May 3 at 1:30 p.m. in the Kansas Union Ballroom. A reception will follow. This is KU's annual event to honor our employees for their years of service to the University. Service pins are given to 5 through 15-year honorees, and gifts are given to honorees with 20-45 years of service. Employees of the Month are recognized and the Employees of the Year are announced.
Mon, 04/09/2012
The past several years at the University of Kansas Medical Center have seen tremendous growth and progress toward fulfilling the university’s mission. Overseeing this progress has been Dr. Barbara Atkinson, in her roles as executive vice chancellor and executive dean of the School of Medicine.
Mon, 04/02/2012
The past few weeks, we’ve all enjoyed watching our student-athletes excel on the national stage. Coach Self and his team have played their way into tonight’s NCAA National Championship, while Coach Henrickson and her squad advanced to the Sweet 16.
Sun, 04/01/2012
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little today commended fans for safely celebrating the University of Kansas' 64-62 win over Ohio State in the Final Four on Saturday night.
Fri, 03/16/2012
As a center for scholarship and research, the University of Kansas is committed to making discoveries that change the world. But for those discoveries to have the maximum benefit for the state and society we serve, they must be shared.
Wed, 03/07/2012
During testimony in Topeka, Chancellor Gray-Little updated state senators on the School of Engineering’s ongoing expansion to meet the needs of Kansas students and employers. She also outlined the university’s priorities for the Senate Ways & Means Committee’s Higher Education Subcommittee during her remarks to the panel.
Fri, 03/02/2012
The University of Kansas continues to expand to meet its responsibility to residents and employers in the Kansas City metropolitan area, with the opening of the Business, Engineering, Science and Technology Building at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park being the latest example. Chancellor Gray-Little spoke at the official opening of the BEST Building.
Mon, 02/27/2012
This winter you may have noticed some Kansas Athletics billboards around the Kansas City area stating, “We are Kansas City.” These billboards featured enduring moments in the history of Jayhawk athletics in the city, but that sentiment is shared across the university, and by the tens of thousands of KU alumni who live in Kansas City and surrounding communities.
Mon, 02/13/2012
As the state’s flagship university, the University of Kansas has a responsibility to contribute to the health, vitality and prosperity of our state. Included in that mission is encouraging the commercialization of KU discoveries.
Thu, 02/09/2012
Chancellor Gray-Little was the featured speaker at Fort Leavenworth’s Black History Month luncheon. In her remarks, she discussed the role the United States military has played in the civil rights movement as the nation seeks to uphold the "highest standards of democracy."
Tue, 02/07/2012
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little testified to the House Education Budget Committee about KU’s aspirations for the future. She also discussed how Governor Brownback’s recommended budget would help advance KU’s mission of educating leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that change the world.
Tue, 01/31/2012
In November, I wrote to you about the duty we each have as human beings to immediately report to law enforcement any abuse or sexual assault of a child, including reports you receive from others. I also told you we were examining university policies to codify that responsibility for our employees.
Thu, 01/19/2012
Chancellor Gray-Little delivered one of the keynote addresses at the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer’s University Startups Conference in Washington, DC. In her remarks, she highlighted the progress KU is making in the delivery of discoveries to the public, and the ways KU is using research to create jobs and grow the economy.
Tue, 01/17/2012
As our students were completing their finals last month, I was meeting with the Board of Regents to share the aspirations we have set for ourselves as a university, as well as outlining how we will achieve them.

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One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
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.