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

Rolling out the red carpet for prospective students and families

We are already recruiting our next class of Jayhawks — and we have a special opportunity this Friday to welcome prospective students and families for our annual Crimson & Blue Day open house event.

KU welcomes largest freshman class since 2008

I am writing to share good news regarding this year’s enrollment at the University of Kansas. Earlier today, the Kansas Board of Regents released annual enrollment data confirming that KU’s freshman class is the largest in 14 years and the most academically talented and diverse in history.

Karla Leeper named vice chancellor for strategic communications and public affairs

I am pleased to introduce Karla Leeper, executive vice president for operations at Augusta University/Augusta University Health System in Georgia, as our new vice chancellor for strategic communications and public affairs. She will join us in November.

A reminder that KU will not use Regents’ Workforce Management Policy

Earlier today, Emporia State University announced it will be making use of the Kansas Board of Regents’ Workforce Management Policy, which enables universities to dismiss employees to address budget challenges caused by the pandemic. I am writing you today to reiterate that KU will not use this…

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