The official university seal is worn by the Chancellor during Commencement.

Office of the Chancellor

Douglas A. Girod is the 18th chancellor of the University of Kansas. In this role, Chancellor Girod leads KU's mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities and make discoveries that change the world.

Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Chancellor Girod has established a bold vision for the University of Kansas to be a destination for top scholars from across the world, an engine of economic growth for Kansas, and one of the nation’s leading research universities.
Douglas Girod in his living room having a discussion about KU

Chancellor's Messages

KU welcomes largest freshman class in history, grows enrollment to highest level since 2010

I am writing to share some terrific news regarding enrollment at the University of Kansas. Earlier today, the Kansas Board of Regents released annual data confirming that KU has its largest freshman class in history and its highest overall enrollment in 13 years.

Join us for the inaugural University Teaching Awards celebration Nov. 7

I invite you to join Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Bichelmeyer, Executive Vice Chancellor Simari and me to celebrate excellence in the classroom at the inaugural University Teaching Awards at 7 p.m. on Nov. 7 in Woodruff Auditorium in Lawrence.

KU community invited to State of University update Oct. 4

I invite you to join me for a State of the University address, where we will review our accomplishments from the past year and discuss opportunities and priorities for the coming year, at 4 p.m. on Oct. 4 in the Kansas Ballroom at the Kansas Union in Lawrence.

Message from KU leadership on Supreme Court decision on race-based admissions

Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that higher education institutions may no longer consider race as a factor in admissions decisions. Because KU uses qualified admissions, the Supreme Court’s ruling likely will have minimal impact on most of our admissions processes. We are reviewing the…

Chancellor's Weekly Video Update

Chancellor Girod is hosting weekly Zoom updates to discuss the latest happenings at KU. The discussions are pre-recorded and shared with campus each Wednesday.
Douglas Girod filming a video in front of a green screen in Budig Hall.

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Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

"The work we do at KU changes lives and improves the world in meaningful ways. I look forward to collaborating with students, faculty, staff and KU supporters everywhere to continue this work on behalf of the state and society we serve."

Douglas A. Girod