Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little

Chancellor Search

The Kansas Board of Regents is in the process of identifying the next KU chancellor following Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little's announcement that she will step down in summer 2017.

The Kansas Board of Regents is heading the search and has announced a 24-member Chancellor Search Committee and hired a search consultant to advise the process. The search committee will present a list of candidates to the full Board of Regents, who will act as the selection committee. The Regents plan to announce the new chancellor this spring.

Applications and Nominations

The Kansas Board of Regents has announced that the search for the University’s new Chancellor will be "closed," which means that no candidates will make official visits to campus, give presentations, or be disclosed to the public throughout the selection process.

While applications and nominations will be accepted until a new Chancellor is selected, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials to the search consultant at the address below to ensure optimal consideration.

KU Chancellor Search
R. William Funk & Associates
2911 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Suite 300
Dallas, Texas 75219

Chancellor Search News

Where do university CEOs come from? (Lawrence Journal-World, 2/4/2017)

Names coming in, headhunting has begun for KU chancellor job (Lawrence Journal-World, 1/22/2017)

Campus reaction to search committee members (Lawrence Journal-World, 12/18/16)

Board of Regents names search committee members (Lawrence Journal-World, 12/14/16)

In announcing K-State president, Regents praise closed process (Lawrence Journal-World, 11/15/16)

University Senate calls for more transparent chancellor search (Lawrence Journal-World, 11/3/16)

How does KU's CEO salary compare with other universities? (Lawrence Journal-World, 10/31/16)

Search process for KU chancellor expected to be secretive (Lawrence Journal-World, 9/25/16)

KU chancellor to step down in summer 2017 (Lawrence Journal-World, 9/22/16)

Chancellor's Vision

The mission of the University of Kansas is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that change the world.

We will do that by raising the expectations we have for ourselves, the aspirations we have for our state, and the hopes we have for our world.

KU is in the midst of a comprehensive effort to ensure the university is ranked among the top tier of public international research universities.

Through Bold Aspirations, our strategic plan, we're changing the way we prepare students for success. We're fostering research and scholarship across all disciplines. And we're sharing the benefits of a flagship university with our state and world.

This effort is supported by Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas, as well as our initiative to reduce administrative costs, Changing for Excellence.


One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times