Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Chancellor Search

In fall 2016, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little announced that she would step down in summer 2017. At that point, the Kansas Board of Regents began the process of identifying the next KU chancellor.

The Kansas Board of Regents hired a search consultant to advise the process and in December 2016 announced a 24-member Chancellor Search Committee. The search committee presented a list of candidates to the full Board of Regents, which served as the selection committee. On May 25, 2017, the Regents announced Dr. Douglas A. Girod would be the 18th chancellor of the University of Kansas.

Applications and Nominations

The Kansas Board of Regents conducted a "closed search," which means that no candidates made official visits to campus, gave presentations, or were disclosed to the public throughout the selection process.

Chancellor Search Resources

The following items were created for chancellor candidates.

KU Prospectus

Chancellor Leadership Statement

Guide to KU Information and Resources


Kansas Board of Regents

Chancellor Search Committee

Chancellor Search Firm

Video of Forum with Search Committee Chair in Lawrence on January 10, 2017

Video of Forum with Search Committee Chair at KUMC on January 13, 2017

Chancellor Search Feedback (open until March 30, 2017)

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44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
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.