Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Message: Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas

Monday, April 30, 2012

Dear Colleagues,

The University of Kansas would be a very different place without the support of private donors.

It would definitely be a smaller place, and I’m not just talking about the numerous KU buildings and facilities that have been built thanks to our generous supporters. Those buildings are filled with students who are here because of scholarships funded by donors and by professors who are at KU thanks to endowed positions.

Private donors support our university because they believe in our noble mission of lifting students and society far above by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world. They recognize the power a university has to improve the lives of our students, as well as the lives of people far beyond our campuses.

Our strategic plan, Bold Aspirations, sets out our path for being recognized as a top-tier public international research university, and we’re well on our way down that path. But to achieve our aspirations, we need the support of our alumni and friends, which is why this weekend we publicly launched Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas.

We have set a bold goal: raise $1.2 billion by June 2016. We’re halfway there, with donors having committed $612 million since July 2008. This tremendous level of support is a testament to your work, and to the efforts of the campaign committees and the KU Endowment staff and volunteers who share your accomplishments with our supporters.

Donations to Far Above will support the campaign’s priorities, which align with the priorities of Bold Aspirations. They will enable us to make the investments in scholarships, faculty support, research, facilities and other areas that advance the mission of KU and of The University of Kansas Hospital.

But at its heart, Far Above is not about KU or the hospital. It’s about delivering the benefits of our research university and academic medical center to the world for the good of the students, state and society we serve.

Through Far Above, we will leave a lasting legacy to the generations of Jayhawks and the countless people here and around the world who, thanks to you and our many supporters, will see their dreams take flight.

Bernadette Gray-Little

.S. For a more lighthearted look at the start of the campaign, I encourage you to watch this video created by students, faculty and staff.

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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
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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.