Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Message: State of the University video

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

I'm pleased to present my 2013 State of the University address in this brief video, which details how the University of Kansas is meeting its responsibilities as the state’s flagship university by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.

I’m also sharing this video with our alumni and friends so that they can see how—together—we are undertaking a comprehensive effort to ensure KU is recognized among the top tier of public international research universities. This effort will raise our stature in relation to our Association of American Universities peers. But more importantly, it will help us better meet our responsibilities to our students and society.

I hope you find this 6-minute video informative. I appreciate everything you do to advance the mission and success of the University of Kansas.


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.