Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Message: Thank you

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

I’d like to thank the staff members on all of our campuses who have been hard at work the past couple days clearing the snow so the university could reopen. It is a cold, difficult job, and our community is grateful for your efforts. I also want to thank those of you who worked through the storm in order to keep our students housed, fed, and safe. The forecast calls for the accumulated snow to stay with us for a while, so please be careful when traveling.

I also want to let you know that next week I’ll issue the 2014 Chancellor’s Report. We’ll be sharing the report with leaders in Kansas and around the nation so that they can learn about many of your accomplishments over the past year. We’ll also e-mail a link to the university community and our alumni, so those of you on both lists may get the e-mail twice.

Welcome back from our impromptu break and, for those of you who haven’t had a break these last two days, thank you once again for your outstanding dedication to our university.


Bernadette Gray-Little


One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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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.