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

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.

Governor’s budget proposal includes significant support for higher education

The Kansas Legislature has convened its 2024 session, and I’m writing to update you on the latest happenings in Topeka and share KU’s priorities for the weeks ahead.

Ensuring every voice is valued and respected

As we move into finals week, we encourage each of us to reflect on all we have accomplished together in 2023. We hope you are looking forward to a period of rest and rejuvenation so we can come back together in January, ready to continue our important work.

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