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

Demobilizing our Lawrence Campus COVID-19 Unified Command structure

The University of Kansas has demobilized its Lawrence Campus COVID-19 Unified Command, indicating that while COVID-19 is not gone from our lives, public health experts feel we have reached an endemic stage where the virus can be managed through normal everyday business practices.

An update on this week’s Kansas Board of Regents meeting

Chancellor Girod and Provost Bichelmeyer share a summary of topics from this week's Kansas Board of Regents meeting.

Masks no longer required in classrooms on Lawrence, Edwards campuses beginning March 28

The University of Kansas will no longer require masks in classrooms on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses, effective Monday, March 28.

Congratulating a valued colleague on his new opportunity

Jack Cline, our associate vice chancellor for federal relations, has accepted a new position as vice president for federal relations at Northeastern University in Boston. Jack will lead Northeastern University’s federal relations office on Capitol Hill. Jack’s last day with KU will be May 1.

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