Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Staff Directory

Administrative Assistant
230 Strong Hall

Debra Bia serves as assistant to Julie Murray, chief of staff to the chancellor. She serves on the Faculty and Academic Staff Retirement Lunch planning committee and assists with a variety of other events and committees. She joined the staff in the Office of the Chancellor in March 2008 after seven years in the Provost’s office.  She is a native of Cherryvale, Kansas and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Pittsburg State University.

Jana Collins
Executive Associate to the Chancellor
230 Strong Hall

Jana Collins 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 September 2017. Jana previously worked for the KU Office of the Provost, KU School of Education and Baker University President’s Office.  Before coming to KU, she served as an Administrative Assistant within the finance industry in New York, NY.  She is a native of Highland, Kansas and holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baker University and a Master of Science in Education – Higher Education Administration degree from the University of Kansas.

Julie Murray
Chief of Staff
230 Strong Hall

Julie Murray assumed the role of Chief of Staff in the Office of the Chancellor on April 30, 2018. She had been executive director of external affairs and advancement in the KU School of Business. Before joining KU, she spent more than a decade as a litigation attorney, representing corporations and companies throughout Missouri and Kansas. She received her bachelor's degree and juris doctorate degrees from the University of Kansas.

Administrative Assistant
230 Strong Hall

Melissa Simpson Rhodes serves as the administrative assistant for the Office of the Chancellor, performing a variety of duties, including coordinating the annual United Way fund drive on the Lawrence campus. Prior to joining the Office of the Chancellor, she had been with KU’s Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation as an executive assistant since April 2015. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in hotel and restaurant administration and spent many years working in the hospitality, health care and public education sectors. 

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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.