Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Message: Praise for your work

Monday, October 27, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

At the Board of Regents meeting earlier this month, I outlined the progress we’ve made toward achieving our bold aspirations.

The regents were impressed—by you and your accomplishments.

After hearing about all that our community has accomplished so far, Regent Fred Logan said, “When we first got the presentation of Bold Aspirations in fall 2011, I thought it was brilliant in design, audacious even, and comprehensive in concept. It is just as brilliant in its implementation.”

Thanks to you, enrollment rose this year, while we maintained the academic readiness and increased the diversity of our student scholars. Another class of students is now benefitting from the KU Core Curriculum, as well as the 75 courses redesigned in the past two years alone.

We welcomed the inaugural dozen Chancellor’s Doctoral Fellows, who along with enhancements to our recruitment and support of graduate students, will strengthen our role as a research university.

With expansions in areas such as business, engineering, and medicine, we’ll be able to educate more of the leaders who will help communities and businesses thrive. Some of those businesses will be created right here, when discoveries are brought to the market, while others will be saved when their retiring owners are matched with entrepreneurial graduates.

Multidisciplinary research projects are fostering collaborations on everything from Chagas disease to the medicinal potential of native plants, thanks to grants from KU’s Research Investment Council. And we continue to recruit Foundation Distinguished Professors to join the talented faculty already at KU and the three foundation professors we welcomed this year.

We’re on the right track, and are poised for even greater progress.

Our comprehensive Progression and Graduation Plan will help us ensure that more undergraduates earn their degrees. We also continue to develop a sustainable funding model for doctoral education that will deliver to these students—the next generation of scholars and researchers—the support they need to succeed.

The Lawrence Campus Master Plan will guide our efforts to link the campus together via the Jayhawk Trail and advance the sciences though Innovation Way. And as planning continues for the Health Education Building, the transformation of exterior spaces at the medical center is already being honored nationally.

Meanwhile, Changing for Excellence continues to streamline administrative processes while providing staff with opportunities to learn from each other and advance their careers in Shared Service Centers.

Our accomplishments, and those yet to come, are the result of your hard work and your willingness to help drive needed changes, even when some of the transitions have been rocky at times.

So enjoy the praise you’ve received for the results of that work, and know that we will continue to see those results in the successes of our students, in communities that are made healthier and more vibrant, and in the discoveries that truly will change the world.

Thank you for all that you do for the University of Kansas, and for the students and society we serve.


Bernadette Gray-Little

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44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
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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.