Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Message: Announcing the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Search Committee

Friday, May 10, 2019


Last August, I shared with you that we would begin a nationwide search for our next provost and executive vice chancellor in spring 2019. I am writing today to inform you that we are initiating that process and have established the search committee that will lead the effort.

I am delighted to report that Michelle Mohr Carney, Dean of the School of Social Welfare, and Steven A. Soper, Foundation Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering, have agreed to co-chair this committee. Joining Dean Carney and Professor Soper on the committee are the following individuals:

  • Shawn Alexander, Professor, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; Faculty Senate Incoming President
  • Tricia Bergman, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Office of Research
  • Chris Brown, Graduate Student Body Vice President
  • John Dicus, CEO, Chairman and President of Capitol Federal Savings; KU alumnus
  • Tammara Durham, Vice Provost for Student Affairs
  • Tiara Floyd, Student Body President
  • Michelle Ginavan Hayes, Director, Eaton Shared Service Center; Staff Senate Outgoing President and Senator
  • Ted Juhl, Professor, School of Business
  • Joanna Slusky, Assistant Professor, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Suzanne Valdez, Clinical Professor of Law, School of Law; University Senate Incoming President and Senator
  • David Volkin, Ronald T. Borchardt Distinguished Professor, School of Pharmacy
  • Kevin Willmott, Professor, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The committee will use the services of R. William Funk and Associates, a national executive search firm that has assisted us with numerous successful searches in the past.

The committee will have its first meeting later this month. We will keep you updated on the committee’s progress at

This is an exciting and important search for the University of Kansas. I am confident this position will attract strong candidates from across the country, which is a testament to the work you are doing to make KU a leading public research institution and a proud member of the Association of American Universities. For that, I thank you.



Douglas A. Girod

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
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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.