Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little

Staff Directory

Executive Assistant to the Chancellor
230 Strong Hall

Mary serves as the office manager, directing special projects, troubleshooting, and tracking issues. She also is the chancellor's primary liaison with the Board of Regents and other officials. A North Carolina native, Mary has a background in arts management and higher education administration. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has served in similar capacities at Penn State and the University of Kentucky.

Secretary to the Chancellor
230 Strong Hall

Linda Bonebrake manages the chancellor’s calendar and correspondence, arranges travel, and serves as assistant to the chancellor. She joined the staff in the Office of the Chancellor in May 2016 after six years as assistant to the provost. Linda began her career at KU in 1998 as assistant to the senior vice provost. In 2003, she became assistant to the dean of the School of Fine Arts and then served as assistant to the dean of the School of Music. Linda has a B.A. degree in communication studies from the University of Kansas and is a lifelong Kansan.

Administrative Assistant, Sr.
230 Strong Hall

Debra Bia serves as Senior Administrative Assistant to Mary Burg, Executive Assistant to the Chancellor. She serves on the Faculty and Unclassified Staff Retirement Dinner Committee and coordinates a variety of events. She joined the staff in the Chancellor's Office in March 2008, after working in the Provost's office for six years. She is a native of Cherryvale, Kansas and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Pittsburg State University.

Events Coordinator
230 Strong Hall

Wendy Bridges serves as the events coordinator supporting the Office of the Chancellor and Office of Public Affairs – Ceremonies & Special Events.  Her major projects include:  commencement, honorary degree selection committee, the sesquicentennial committee (KU 150) and other university events like Opening Convocation, Traditions Night, KU at the Capitol and other outreach initiatives.  Specifically for ceremonial events, she serves as liaison to the University and Associate Marshals, the commencement logistics committee and campus recognition event coordinators.  She will also provide staff support to the University Events Executive Committee.

She came to the Office of the Chancellor from the KU Endowment Association in 2005 and earned her degree in Geography from the University of Kansas in 1999.  Rock Chalk!

Administrative Assistant, Sr.
230 Strong Hall

Kathy serves as the receptionist and general assistant for the Office of the Chancellor. She handles a variety of special projects, including the annual KU United Way Campaign. A Colorado native, Kathy joined the Chancellor's Office staff in November 2009. Prior to relocating to Lawrence, she was the Administrative Assistant to the President at Fort Scott Community College.


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.