Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Message: Our marketplace of ideas

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Our nation currently is grappling with challenging topics around race, diversity and inclusion. We also are engaging in these difficult conversations at the University of Kansas. As Jayhawks, we are united in saying that racism and discrimination will not be tolerated here.

As a university and a public institution, we must support the right of the members of our KU community to express their individually held beliefs. Free speech and free expression are core tenets of why universities are the center of debate, thought and discourse in our world.

I encourage each of you to engage respectfully with your fellow students, faculty and staff. These conversations often are uncomfortable, but they are important to our university and our society.


Bernadette Gray-Little

Neeli Bendapudi
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Lawrence Campus

Doug Girod, MD
Executive Vice Chancellor, KU Medical Center

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.