Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Message: A relaxed conversation about KU

Monday, March 23, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

At the start of each academic year, I have the privilege of welcoming new students and addressing our community at Convocation. And at the end of each academic year, it is my honor to preside over Commencement and confer more than 7,000 degrees upon new University of Kansas graduates.

I look forward to these ceremonies, as I look forward to the numerous events across campus I attend as chancellor during the year. In most cases, I am at these events in an official role. This often limits my ability to have open, informal conversations about our university, including both our excellence and our challenges.

Today and tomorrow, in both Lawrence and at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, I will be hosting town hall forums during the noon hour to enable those types of conversations with faculty and staff.

  • Lawrence — Monday, March 23 at noon in the Kansas Union Ballroom
  • Medical Center — Tuesday, March 24 at noon in the School of Nursing Auditorium (A live broadcast will be available in Salina, Wichita, and the Clinical Research Center)

The setting will be relaxed — no podiums, no speeches, no slides. I want this to be an opportunity to provide you a brief update on important issues facing KU and then engage with you in a question and answer, town hall format for the remainder of the hour.

I look forward to seeing you today or tomorrow.


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.