Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Message: Strategic planning, comprehensive campaign progressing

Monday, March 7, 2011

Dear Colleagues,

I wanted to send you a short message today updating you on two efforts that are central to the future of KU: the strategic planning process and the comprehensive campaign.

Last Monday was the deadline for proposals outlining the "grand challenges" and strategic initiatives that KU should focus on in the coming years. I am thrilled to report that just over 100 proposals were submitted by individuals and groups from across the university.

The sheer number of proposals offered shows a level of community engagement in the strategic planning process that will help ensure its ultimate success. I want to thank everyone who participated in the development of these proposals for demonstrating your commitment to KU.

The next step will be for faculty, staff, students and outside experts to review the proposals, looking for common themes and assessing their feasibility. All of the proposals have been posted to the Strategic Planning website so that you can also provide feedback.

The second update I want to provide is on the comprehensive campaign being planned by KU Endowment. In December we announced the co-chairs of the campaign, and this week will be the first meeting of the steering committee.

Private giving is playing an increasingly important role in providing us with a margin of excellence through scholarships, professorships and other resources that enhance learning and research. Because it shares common themes with the strategic planning process, the comprehensive campaign will enable us to put our plans into action.

Both of these efforts are progressing, but much work still remains, so I hope you will continue to play an active role in shaping the future of this university.

Bernadette Gray-Little

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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.