Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Message: 2014 Chancellor's Report

Monday, February 10, 2014

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

One of the great privileges of being chancellor is that I get to share your accomplishments with our alumni and donors, policymakers, and peers around the nation. From alumni gatherings to meetings with AAU presidents, and now in the 2014 Chancellor’s Report, I have the honor of sharing your achievements with the world.

The past year saw us take major strides toward achieving our bold aspirations as part of our mission of educating leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that change the world.

We welcomed a record-setting class of Jayhawks, and are providing students at all levels the courses and experiences that will prepare them for success after graduation.

We’ve expanded the partnerships with communities and businesses that are enabling us to serve patients, bring new products to market, share the arts and humanities with Kansans, and much more.

And we’re focusing our research and scholarship on the critical challenges of our time, bringing together multidisciplinary teams to address issues such as the global demand for clean water and the need for new treatments and cures.

All of these stories and more are featured in the 2014 Chancellor’s Report, yet even these are just a few of the hundreds, and really thousands of achievements from the past year.

Thank you for making the University of Kansas a center for learning and scholarship, and for all that you do to help us achieve our shared aspirations.


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.