About Chancellor Chalmers
Chancellor of the University of Kansas, 1969-72
Chancellor E. Laurence Chalmers was known for giving students a voice and keeping peace during a turbulent period in our university's history. A psychologist, Chalmers was challenged to keep the peace in 1970 after an arsonist struck the student union and racial tension caused two deaths on campus. He averted a student strike by agreeing to grading options that allowed KU to complete the academic year. While brief, his chancellorship had a profound effect on the KU community.