Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Message: They're proud of you

Monday, September 9, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

If you couldn’t tell from all the students wearing Far Above t-shirts, over the weekend we launched a new phase in the campaign to achieve our bold aspirations for the University of Kansas and The University of Kansas Hospital.

This new phase encourages members of the university community to join an effort that has already raised $923 million toward our $1.2 billion goal. This is more than a number. It’s a confirmation of our donors’ belief in the value of our university and a reflection of their pride in all you do to lift students and society.

Thanks to Jayhawk generosity, future leaders will be able to make their educational dreams a reality with scholarships and fellowships. Through the creation of professorships and support for research, faculty members will have even greater opportunities to make discoveries that change our world.

With donations to advance academic medicine, more patients will benefit from new treatments and cures. And thanks to our donors, our community will benefit from projects ranging from new buildings to a Jayhawk Boulevard that will once again be shaded by a canopy of trees.

The campaign’s success is also a reflection of the talents of our award-winning team at KU Endowment, as well as the time and effort invested by the members of the campaign’s Steering Committee and all of our campaign volunteers.

We welcomed those volunteers to Lawrence this past weekend. And just as when I meet with Jayhawks around the state and nation, our visitors couldn’t wait to say how proud they are of the work you’re doing and to share their excitement about where we’re going next.

Of course, gifts are made for specific reasons and are intended to enhance the quality of education and scholarship, not to merely backfill cuts. Maintaining the public-private partnership between our state, students and donors is vital to achieving our mission.

From new scholarships and professorships, to research funding and support to improve patient care, the campaign is already delivering results. And this is only the beginning. Together, we’ll turn our bold aspirations into reality and help KU soar far above.


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.