Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Message: Focusing on our shared aspirations

Monday, October 28, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

This Wednesday we will welcome members of the Kansas Legislature to two of our campuses as part of their tour of the state’s higher education institutions. Members of the House Appropriations and Senate Ways and Means committees will attend, as will members of the leadership of both chambers.

At the request of the committees, the majority of the visit will be at the University of Kansas Medical Center, with a short stop in Lawrence in the afternoon. In advance of their visit, legislators submitted more than 80 questions, and you can read their questions and our responses here.

I’m looking forward to Wednesday’s visit because it gives us the opportunity to share the remarkable progress we’re making across the university. Kansans deserve a university that is on par with the leading universities in states like Colorado, Iowa and North Carolina, and Bold Aspirations is designed to elevate our performance relative to these peers.

Kansans also deserve a university that educates leaders who will contribute to their communities and our economy, and one that makes discoveries improving the health, well-being and prosperity of our state and society. We have much to be proud of in these areas, and I look forward to legislators having the opportunity to visit with students, stakeholders and business leaders about the university’s importance to Kansas.

In addition to Wednesday’s visit, members of the university leadership and I have been meeting legislators around the state during the past several months. We’ve spoken with them about the challenges their communities face, and how KU can be a partner in solving those challenges.

We’ve also met with alumni during these trips, and we are enhancing Jayhawks for Higher Education by engaging members well before the legislative session so they can be better advocates for the university.

These are challenging times for public universities nationwide. But by focusing on the aspirations we share with students, families, business leaders and policymakers, we can reaffirm the fact that public universities are central to the prosperity and vitality of our state and nation.


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.