Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

In the news

Mon, 12/09/2013

Four days of classes, then finals, and the semester will be over. But before we begin the winter break, I want to thank you for your achievements over the past semester and year.

Mon, 11/25/2013

A strong economy and a dynamic society require leaders from all kinds of disciplines, ranging from science and engineering to the humanities, social sciences, and the arts. As the state’s flagship research university, we are uniquely positioned to educate leaders across a great many fields and disciplines.

Wed, 10/30/2013

Kansas legislators concluded a tour of the state's higher education institutions with visits to the University of Kansas Medical Center and University of Kansas. During the visit to KUMC, Chancellor Gray-Little welcomed them before answering questions during a two hour Q&A session.

Mon, 10/28/2013

This Wednesday we will welcome members of the Kansas Legislature to two of our campuses as part of their tour of the state’s higher education institutions. Members of the House Appropriations and Senate Ways and Means committees will attend, as will members of the leadership of both chambers.

Mon, 10/07/2013

Two years ago at Opening Convocation, I talked about the climb that students and the university were embarking upon. While the students’ climb ends with a walk down Mount Oread, for our university I said, “the climb will never truly end, but we will still feel that same sense of accomplishment when we achieve the higher aspirations we are now setting for ourselves and our institution.”

Mon, 09/23/2013

You have probably heard or read that a faculty member at our university used his personal Twitter account to make comments in the wake of the Navy Yard shooting in Washington, D.C., that have understandably generated outrage.

Mon, 09/09/2013

If you couldn’t tell from all the students wearing Far Above t-shirts, over the weekend we launched a new phase in the campaign to achieve our bold aspirations for the University of Kansas and The University of Kansas Hospital.

Mon, 08/26/2013

The start of the academic year is a time of renewal. As we welcome new students, faculty and staff to the University of Kansas, we’re also welcoming new ideas, energy and perspectives to our community of scholars.

Sun, 08/25/2013

During her remarks to the university's 148th Opening Convocation, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little welcomed new Jayhawks and connected the themes of this year's Common Book with the expectations the university has for its students.

Mon, 06/10/2013

A few weeks ago we celebrated Commencement, concluding an academic year that has seen the University of Kansas take big strides toward achieving our bold aspirations. We’re poised to continue that progress, but first I must update you on the latest round of state budget cuts.

Wed, 06/05/2013

Over the weekend, by the narrowest of majorities the Kansas Legislature passed the state budget for FY 2014 and FY 2015, which Governor Brownback is expected to sign into law. Despite advocacy that included the work of Jayhawks for Higher Education, legislators cut the University of Kansas budget by $13.53 million over the next two years.

Sun, 05/19/2013

Chancellor Gray-Little concluded the 2013 Commencement ceremony with the traditional farewell to the graduating class, discussing what it means to be a Jayhawk.

Mon, 05/13/2013
We watched Jayhawks perform at Carnegie Hall and race in the Olympics. We’ve seen them honored with Goldwater, Truman, State Department and numerous other scholarships. And we’ve celebrated as they won everything from moot court competitions to newspaper advertising awards. These are all tremendous achievements, but there have been many others. They’re less visible, but they occur every day in classrooms, study sessions and one-on-one meetings, where you have helped our students prepare to be leaders in their fields and in our world.
Mon, 04/29/2013

Chancellor Gray-Little participated in a panel entitled "Enabling Breakthroughs in Sustainability Science" organized by the Council for Scientific Society Presidents. During her remarks, she focused on the need for better communication about the benefits of the various sustainability-related projects underway around the world.

Fri, 04/26/2013

Chancellor Gray-Little welcomed the attendees of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes 2013 Annual Meeting during remarks at The Commons.

Mon, 04/22/2013
Some days, it might seem like we’re just moving stones from place to place. But that’s when we must remember the future, and remember we are in fact building a cathedral. What we do today will change the lives of countless people tomorrow, and serve as a testament to the talent and dedication of the faculty, staff and students of this university.
Wed, 04/17/2013
Last week I wrote to you about some of the effects that budget cuts proposed by the Kansas Legislature would have on the University of Kansas and our ability to meet our responsibilities as the state’s flagship university. Working with leaders on all of our campuses, I have additional details to share with you, which I will also be sharing this afternoon with the Board of Regents.
Mon, 04/08/2013
The University of Kansas has special responsibilities, including educating leaders who contribute to the prosperity of their communities and conducting research that leads to new ideas, new products and new treatments. In these and countless other ways, we contribute to the well-being of our state. Our continued ability to meet these responsibilities is threatened by budget cuts being considered by the Kansas Legislature.
Tue, 03/26/2013
Chancellor Gray-Little joined Dean of Music Robert Walzel in introducing the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble's performance of the world premiere of "In the Shadow of No Towers," a symphony composed by Mohammed Fairouz and inspired by Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel of the same name.
Mon, 03/25/2013
There is a debate taking place regarding the future of public universities and the role they play in our society. This debate is taking place across our nation, and is most visible when it comes time for legislators and governors to pass state budgets.


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.