Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Speeches & presentations

Sun, 05/19/2019

Chancellor Girod's farewell remarks to the Class of 2019 at the 147th Commencement of the University of Kansas, as prepared for delivery.

Sun, 05/13/2018

Chancellor Girod shares his farewell remarks to the Class of 2018 at the 146th Commencement of the University of Kansas.

Fri, 04/20/2018

On April 20, Chancellor Girod was officially installed as the university's 18th chancellor. In his inaugural address, he discussed his vision and priorities for KU.

Wed, 04/04/2018

On April 4, Chancellor Girod delivered a presentation titled "The University of Kansas: Kansas City's research university" at the KCK Chamber annual meeting. The Chancellor focused on the university's Edwards and medical center campuses, as well as KU's partnership with the University of Kansas Health System.

Sun, 08/20/2017

Chancellor Douglas A. Girod delivered remarks at Opening Convocation, his first since being named chancellor earlier this year.

Wed, 05/24/2017

Chancellor Gray-Little delivered welcome remarks at the 2017 International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology conference in Lawrence.

Wed, 05/03/2017

The James F. Patterson Land-Grant University Lecture brings a national leader to The Ohio State University to discuss the role of land-grant universities in an ever-changing world. 

Sat, 04/08/2017

Chancellor Gray-Little visited the Kansas African American Museum in Wichita to discuss the unique challenges that women face in the workforce, particularly in the STEM fields.

Thu, 10/13/2016

The theme of this year’s conference – “Policy Implications Now and in the Future” – is especially intriguing to me. Just as we’re all living with decisions of our predecessors, policy decisions we make today can have enormous economic implications for future generations.

Sun, 08/21/2016

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little welcomed new and returning Jayhawks during the 151th Convocation of the University of Kansas.

Sun, 05/15/2016

Chancellor Gray-Little delivered a farewell address to the Class of 2016 at the 144th Commencement of the University of Kansas.

Fri, 04/08/2016

KU is proud to host this conversation on the intersection of race and immigration — two of the most important and divisive issues the world faces. Our university appreciates this opportunity to showcase our commitment to being a leader in tackling key issues of our time.

Sun, 08/23/2015

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little hosted a ceremony to rename the Arts and Design Building as "E. Laurence Chalmers Hall" to honor the legacy of our 11th chancellor.

Sun, 08/23/2015

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little welcomed new and returning Jayhawks during the 150th Convocation of the University of Kansas. She described KU's sesquicentennial as an opportunity to reflect both on KU's history and its role in shaping the future, and she urged students to challenge themselves and take advantage of the university's community of scholars.

Sun, 05/17/2015

Chancellor Gray-Little shares her farewell remarks to the Class of 2015 at the 143rd Commencement of the University of Kansas.

Thu, 01/22/2015

President Barack Obama visited the University of Kansas on January 22, 2015 to give a speech at the Anschutz Sports Pavilion. Prior to the President's remarks, Chancellor Gray-Little welcomed the crowd of more than 7,000 people.

Wed, 10/15/2014

Chancellor Gray-Little updated the members of the Kansas Board of Regents on the progress of the Bold Aspirations strategic plan, as well as providing updates on enrollment and on projects to enhance the university's campuses. You can view her presentation slides here and read the full Year 3 report at

Sun, 08/24/2014

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little welcomed new and returning Jayhawks during the 149th Convocation of the University of Kansas. She outlined the possibilities available to students, and urged them to be active members of the academic community.

Sun, 05/18/2014

Chancellor Gray-Little called on graduates to "always strive to be something bigger than your selfie" during her farewell to the Class of 2014 at the University of Kansas' 142nd Commencement.

Wed, 04/23/2014

Chancellor Gray-Little joined area leaders to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the establishment of the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle. Among other successes, JCERT has led to the creation of the KU Clinical Research Center in Fairway and an expansion of degree offerings at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park.

Mon, 01/20/2014

Chancellor Gray-Little was the featured speaker at the Greater Wichita Ministerial League's citywide Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration. She spoke of the continued need to work for opportunity if we are to achieve both justice and peace.

Wed, 10/30/2013

Kansas legislators concluded a tour of the state's higher education institutions with visits to the University of Kansas Medical Center and University of Kansas. During the visit to KUMC, Chancellor Gray-Little welcomed them before answering questions during a two hour Q&A session.

Sun, 08/25/2013

During her remarks to the university's 148th Opening Convocation, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little welcomed new Jayhawks and connected the themes of this year's Common Book with the expectations the university has for its students.

Sun, 05/19/2013

Chancellor Gray-Little concluded the 2013 Commencement ceremony with the traditional farewell to the graduating class, discussing what it means to be a Jayhawk.

Mon, 04/29/2013

Chancellor Gray-Little participated in a panel entitled "Enabling Breakthroughs in Sustainability Science" organized by the Council for Scientific Society Presidents. During her remarks, she focused on the need for better communication about the benefits of the various sustainability-related projects underway around the world.

Fri, 04/26/2013

Chancellor Gray-Little welcomed the attendees of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes 2013 Annual Meeting during remarks at The Commons.

Tue, 03/26/2013
Chancellor Gray-Little joined Dean of Music Robert Walzel in introducing the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble's performance of the world premiere of "In the Shadow of No Towers," a symphony composed by Mohammed Fairouz and inspired by Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel of the same name.
Mon, 02/18/2013
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little testified in support of Governor Brownback's recommended budget for KU during an appearance before the House Education Budget Committee. She said the recommendation will enable KU to meet its responsibilities to students and Kansans.
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.
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.
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.
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, 10/19/2012
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.
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.
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.
Sat, 08/18/2012
Chancellor Gray-Little told new Jayhawks about the university’s tradition of academic excellence during the 2012 Traditions Night, held in Memorial Stadium as part of Hawk Week.
Wed, 07/13/2011
Chancellor Gray-Little sat down with Ed O’Malley, president & CEO of the Kansas Leadership Center, for the KLC’s "On the Balcony" teleconference. Joined on the call by participants from around Kansas, the two discussed the values that leaders should possess and talked about ways Gray-Little’s career prepared her to serve KU. A podcast of the conversation is available on the KLC's podcasts page here.
Sun, 05/13/2012
Chancellor Gray-Little concluded KU’s Commencement festivities with a farewell to the graduating class.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wed, 12/14/2011
The University of Kansas has bold aspirations for its future and how the university will benefit students, Kansans and the world, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little told the Board of Regents today.
Thu, 10/13/2011
The top seniors from nine area high schools were honored during Kansas Honors Program festivities at Hays High School. Chancellor Gray-Little spoke to students about taking the next step in their lives.
Thu, 09/15/2011
Chancellor Gray-Little joined state, local and university leaders to celebrate the expansion of the School of Pharmacy to Wichita and the expansion of the School of Medicine-Wichita to a four-year program.
Mon, 08/29/2011
It is my pleasure to welcome you, not only to the start of a new school year at the University of Kansas, but also to the start of a new ascent to excellence in academics, scholarship, and service to mankind. This is a journey that will test our commitment and fortitude, but during the course of the climb, will strengthen our future.
Sun, 05/22/2011
It is my distinct pleasure to join you as we honor your achievement, and honor the fact that, today, you are all keeping a promise. Indeed, today you're keeping a number of promises, many of which you didn't even know you had made.
Mon, 04/25/2011
As part of a banquet honoring the best students in Kiowa County High School, Chancellor Gray-Little told students they could use education to transform their lives and the lives of those around them. She highlighted challenges the nation faces in areas like energy and health care and how higher education is critical to solving those challenges.
Tue, 03/29/2011
Engineering-intensive industries like Sprint – and universities like KU that educate the engineers Sprint employs – will be increasingly important to the state and national economies, Chancellor Gray-Little said during remarks at Sprint headquarters. She took part in an event sponsored by the Diamond Network and WISE, two Sprint employee groups.
Wed, 03/09/2011
Chancellor Gray-Little testified about the importance of making investments in academic areas like health and engineering during an appearance before the Senate Ways & Means Subcommittee on Higher Education. She also outlined the research successes at KU that are benefitting the state.
Tue, 02/15/2011
Universities directly benefit the economic health and general well-being of Kansas, Chancellor Gray-Little told legislators during a meeting of the House Education Budget Committee. She expressed support for the Governor’s recommended budget and outlined the ways KU can help Kansas return to prosperity.
Thu, 01/27/2011
Chancellor Gray-Little outlined the accomplishments and challenges of the previous year while also looking to KU’s future. She also discussed the ways that the KU community is working together to create a stronger, more vibrant university.
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.
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.
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.
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, 06/16/2010
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.
Sun, 04/11/2010
The inauguration of Bernadette Gray-Little as KU's 17th Chancellor took place at the Lied Center on the Lawrence campus. Here are her remarks as prepared for delivery with additional photos and video of the speech and from the installation.
Wed, 03/03/2010
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little testified to the House Vision 2020 Committee about the challenges and opportunities facing higher education, and the University of Kansas specifically. While budget cuts have created significant problems, KU is moving forward in areas that will help ensure Kansas is ready for the recovery.
Mon, 02/15/2010
In testimony to the House Education Budget Committee, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little outlined KU’s positive economic impact, including the 6,000 graduates it educates each year and the 17 active Kansas companies that are based on KU research. She urged committee members to avoid additional cuts that would harm the state’s ability to be ready for an economic recovery.
Wed, 02/10/2010
Chancellor Gray-Little spoke to area business leaders and chamber of commerce representatives from Topeka, Manhattan and Lawrence, during an event held February 10 on the Washburn University campus.
Tue, 02/09/2010
In written testimony provided to the Senate Ways & Means Subcommittee on Higher Education, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little outlined how $37.3 million in cuts and unfunded mandates have hampered KU’s ability to provide the educated graduates and research discoveries that will be critical to Kansas’ economic recovery. She urged legislators to avoid additional cuts that would further damage the university’s ability to contribute to the Kansas economy.
Thu, 02/04/2010
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little testified to the Kansas House Appropriations Committee on how the state's investment in KU is leveraged into significant returns, both in terms of educated graduates and in terms of research discoveries that drive the economy and enhance Kansans' quality of life. She also discussed her priorities as chancellor and outlined some of the effects of recent state budget cuts.
Wed, 01/27/2010
Chancellor Gray-Little was the featured speaker at Fort Riley’s event honoring Dr. King. She talked about the importance of service and commended the military for being an organization where all are judged on merit and character, not on race or ethnicity.
Thu, 01/14/2010
Chancellor Gray-Little was the keynote speaker at Governor Mark Parkinson’s 2010 celebration in honor of Dr. King, held at the First Presbyterian Church in Topeka.
Wed, 10/07/2009
The Kansas Honors Program recognizes outstanding high school seniors throughout Kansas, and Chancellor Gray-Little traveled to Dodge City to honor the students from eight southwest Kansas counties.
Wed, 10/07/2009
Chancellor Gray-Little shared her vision for KU and higher education during a joint appearance with Governor Mark Parkinson and Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz at the Community Foundation of Johnson County’s Champions for Education Luncheon.
Wed, 08/19/2009

In her first Opening Convocation address, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little talked about her life and career, and set out her priorities for her time as KU's 17th chancellor.

Tue, 07/28/2009
The more than $36 million in cuts and unfunded mandates that the University of Kansas has had to make during the state budget crisis will affect students and the Kansas economy, Interim Chancellor Barbara Atkinson told legislators today. She testified to the Legislative Educational Planning Committee during the panel's hearing on the effects state budget cuts are having on K-12 and higher education.
Sat, 05/30/2009
The day after being named the 17th chancellor of the University of Kansas, Bernadette Gray-Little traveled to Lawrence to meet the university community for the first time.

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.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," 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.