Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Message: Looking back on a remarkable year

Monday, December 10, 2012

Dear Colleagues,

When you look back on what we’ve done over the past year, it’s hard to believe we fit it all into 12 months.

In 2012, we celebrated as students won international competitions and made tournament runs. We welcomed a record-setting class of freshmen, while the class of 2008 graduated at a record rate.  We welcomed the president of Colombia back to his alma mater and awarded our first honorary degrees to individuals who serve as role models for the leaders we’re educating today.

We witnessed faculty members make discoveries that will change the world, and applauded as colleagues were honored for their contributions to their disciplines and our society. We congratulated the team that earned a record-setting research grant, plus started recruiting for 64 new faculty positions to add to our talented academic community.

We earned National Cancer Institute designation, which will bring new treatments and new hope to patients throughout the region. And we expanded the ways we build healthy communities, contributing to their prosperity, vitality and sustainability.

We continued making the changes that will enable even greater accomplishments in the future: a vibrant new core curriculum, first-year experiences, new admission standards, support for strategic initiatives and an assessment of the needs of graduate education, to name a few.

We held the public launch of our $1.2 billion comprehensive campaign, while continuing to make our administrative operations more efficient and effective, so that we can reinvest the savings in teaching and research.

We did all of this in service of our noble mission of lifting students and society. And we did all of this together, through extraordinary effort and often by overcoming obstacles along the way.

This has been a year of growth and progress for our university and those we serve, and next year looks to be even better. Thank you for your contributions to our community and best wishes for a joyous holiday season.

Bernadette Gray-Little

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," 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.