Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

In the news

Sun, 08/19/2012
During her remarks at the 147th Opening Convocation, Chancellor Gray-Little talked about how communities shape our identities, and encouraged students to be active members of the KU community.
Sat, 08/18/2012
Chancellor Gray-Little told new Jayhawks about the university’s tradition of academic excellence during the 2012 Traditions Night, held in Memorial Stadium as part of Hawk Week.
Wed, 07/13/2011
Chancellor Gray-Little sat down with Ed O’Malley, president & CEO of the Kansas Leadership Center, for the KLC’s "On the Balcony" teleconference. Joined on the call by participants from around Kansas, the two discussed the values that leaders should possess and talked about ways Gray-Little’s career prepared her to serve KU. A podcast of the conversation is available on the KLC's podcasts page here.
Thu, 07/12/2012
Chancellor Gray-Little wrote to alumni to report that The University of Kansas Cancer Center has officially been named a National Cancer Institute designated cancer center. This achievement will have benefits for patients throughout the region, as well as for our university.
Fri, 06/29/2012
You may have seen news reports that The University of Kansas Cancer Center has been selected to receive National Cancer Institute designation. While we are encouraged by this news, we do not yet have our formal notice of grant award and have been asked by the NIH to reserve July 12 for a formal announcement.
Thu, 06/28/2012
It’s been an eventful summer so far on Mount Oread. While there are fewer students here during the summer semester, there is still plenty of activity that I want to update you on as the University of Kansas continues to work toward the goals set out in Bold Aspirations.
Sun, 05/13/2012
Chancellor Gray-Little concluded KU’s Commencement festivities with a farewell to the graduating class.
Mon, 05/07/2012
Signs that Commencement is near are evident across the university. Students are taking finals and completing end-of-the-semester projects, while faculty members are preparing for research trips or summer courses. And our facilities staff is busy making sure the Lawrence campus is beautiful and ready to welcome thousands of visitors this weekend.
Mon, 04/30/2012
The University of Kansas would be a very different place without the support of private donors.
Sat, 04/28/2012
Chancellor Gray-Little spoke to guests at Allen Fieldhouse as part of the kick-off for Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas, a $1.2 billion comprehensive campaign that will support scholarships, professorships, facilities and other services at the University of Kansas and The University of Kansas Hospital.
Mon, 04/23/2012
I am writing to invite you to the Employee Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, May 3 at 1:30 p.m. in the Kansas Union Ballroom. A reception will follow. This is KU's annual event to honor our employees for their years of service to the University. Service pins are given to 5 through 15-year honorees, and gifts are given to honorees with 20-45 years of service. Employees of the Month are recognized and the Employees of the Year are announced.
Mon, 04/09/2012
The past several years at the University of Kansas Medical Center have seen tremendous growth and progress toward fulfilling the university’s mission. Overseeing this progress has been Dr. Barbara Atkinson, in her roles as executive vice chancellor and executive dean of the School of Medicine.
Mon, 04/02/2012
The past few weeks, we’ve all enjoyed watching our student-athletes excel on the national stage. Coach Self and his team have played their way into tonight’s NCAA National Championship, while Coach Henrickson and her squad advanced to the Sweet 16.
Sun, 04/01/2012
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little today commended fans for safely celebrating the University of Kansas' 64-62 win over Ohio State in the Final Four on Saturday night.
Fri, 03/16/2012
As a center for scholarship and research, the University of Kansas is committed to making discoveries that change the world. But for those discoveries to have the maximum benefit for the state and society we serve, they must be shared.
Wed, 03/07/2012
During testimony in Topeka, Chancellor Gray-Little updated state senators on the School of Engineering’s ongoing expansion to meet the needs of Kansas students and employers. She also outlined the university’s priorities for the Senate Ways & Means Committee’s Higher Education Subcommittee during her remarks to the panel.
Fri, 03/02/2012
The University of Kansas continues to expand to meet its responsibility to residents and employers in the Kansas City metropolitan area, with the opening of the Business, Engineering, Science and Technology Building at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park being the latest example. Chancellor Gray-Little spoke at the official opening of the BEST Building.
Mon, 02/27/2012
This winter you may have noticed some Kansas Athletics billboards around the Kansas City area stating, “We are Kansas City.” These billboards featured enduring moments in the history of Jayhawk athletics in the city, but that sentiment is shared across the university, and by the tens of thousands of KU alumni who live in Kansas City and surrounding communities.
Mon, 02/13/2012
As the state’s flagship university, the University of Kansas has a responsibility to contribute to the health, vitality and prosperity of our state. Included in that mission is encouraging the commercialization of KU discoveries.
Thu, 02/09/2012
Chancellor Gray-Little was the featured speaker at Fort Leavenworth’s Black History Month luncheon. In her remarks, she discussed the role the United States military has played in the civil rights movement as the nation seeks to uphold the "highest standards of democracy."


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.