Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

In the news

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.
Mon, 03/04/2013
At the start of the semester, I mentioned to you how donors and alumni around the nation have shared with me their support for the changes we’re making at the University of Kansas. I’d like to expand on that theme, discussing how these changes complement each other and advance our entire university.
Mon, 02/18/2013
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little testified in support of Governor Brownback's recommended budget for KU during an appearance before the House Education Budget Committee. She said the recommendation will enable KU to meet its responsibilities to students and Kansans.
Mon, 02/18/2013
Our ability to continue fulfilling our mission depends on the talent of our faculty, staff and, importantly, our students. That’s why we must continue to aggressively recruit talented students to KU, whether they’re from Kansas or outside the state, by demonstrating that KU is uniquely positioned to prepare them for successful careers and lives.
Thu, 02/07/2013
During testimony to the Senate Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education, Chancellor Gray-Little highlighted the benefits that the University of Kansas provides to Kansans, from an educated workforce and healthier communities, to discoveries that create jobs and prosperity.
Tue, 02/05/2013
In the 2013 State of the University video, Chancellor Gray-Little highlights the accomplishments of the past year, as well as the changes the University of Kansas is making to ensure it is recognized as a top tier public international research university.
Tue, 02/05/2013
I'm pleased to present my 2013 State of the University address in this brief video, which details how the University of Kansas is meeting its responsibilities as the state’s flagship university by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.
Tue, 01/22/2013
As we start a new year, we’re building on the progress made in 2012 toward achieving our bold aspirations. This progress was the result of the work of countless people across our university, and I’m pleased to tell you that work has not gone unnoticed.
Fri, 01/18/2013
Chancellor Gray-Little spoke to South Middle School in Lawrence, Kan., about Martin Luther King and how they could learn from his life and legacy.
Tue, 01/15/2013
Chancellor Gray-Little traveled to Blacksburg to deliver the keynote address at the Advancing Diversity at Virginia Tech conference. In her remarks, she emphasized that access alone is not enough and that universities need to shift their focus to success.
Mon, 12/10/2012
When you look back on what we’ve done over the past year, it’s hard to believe we fit it all into 12 months.


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.