Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

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Dole Institute Director Search

KU has established a search committee to lead the process of finding the next director of the Robert J. Dole Institute for Politics.

The director of the Dole Institute will be a creative, dynamic, and forward-looking leader who will implement the mission of the Institute with imagination and resourcefulness. The successful incumbent will be able to set aside partisan political leanings to develop a strategic vision in effectively leading the Institute. This includes but is not limited to operational activities, planning, donor expansion, and programming to further research, discovery, community growth and discussions in the area of politics. This position reports directly to and serves at the pleasure of Chancellor Girod.

Position Description

Application Process

Applicants can apply for the position via the Work at KU website.

Search Committee

The committee is chaired by Fred Logan, a long-time advisor to KU and charter member of the Dole Institute advisory board.

  • Peter Fenn – Dole Institute advisory board member; Frank Church Institute at Boise State board of directors member; adjunct professor at George Washington University
  • Joe Gaylord – Dole Institute advisory board member; adjunct professor, University of Iowa, department of political science
  • Saralyn Reece Hardy – director, Spencer Museum of Art
  • Adrian Lewis – professor of military history, KU, department of history
  • Fred Logan – Dole Institute advisory board member; former Kansas Board of Regents member and chair; former Johnson County Community College board of trustees member and chair
  • Doug Smith – Dole Institute advisory board member; co-founder and corporate officer, Pinegar, Smith & Associates Inc.
  • Karen Steward – Dole Institute advisory board member; director of investor relations, Stand Together; former Dole Institute student outreach coordinator and founding member of the Dole Institute student advisory board.


Chancellor Girod has asked the search committee to identify two or three finalists for his consideration. The goal is to have a new director named by summer 2021.

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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.