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.

State of the University Address

On October 4, 2023, Chancellor Girod delivered his State of the University address, which featured updates on recent successes and priorities for the upcoming year. Specific topics included the KU Cancer Center, Wichita health education campus, Gateway District, enrollment, Lawrence budget, research and more.

Chancellor's Messages

Dr. Simari to step down from leadership role

Dr. Robert Simari, executive vice chancellor for KU Medical Center, will be retiring from the University of Kansas on June 30, 2024. Dr. Simari’s retirement will be a loss for the university, which is a testament to his leadership as executive vice chancellor.

Four researchers named recipients of University Scholarly Achievement Award

Four faculty members at the University of Kansas will receive the University Scholarly Achievement Award in recognition of their research or scholarly achievements.

KU community invited to University Research Awards on April 11

I invite you to join me for our annual University Research Awards at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the Jayhawk Welcome Center.

Postponing tomorrow’s scheduled “One Day. One KU.” day of giving

We are all shocked and saddened by the acts of violence that occurred in Kansas City today. In light of today’s events, we will postpone tomorrow’s scheduled “One Day. One KU.” day of giving.

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 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.

Invite the Chancellor to your event

Chancellor Girod strives to attend as many campus events as possible.
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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