Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

In the news

Tue, 02/07/2012
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little testified to the House Education Budget Committee about KU’s aspirations for the future. She also discussed how Governor Brownback’s recommended budget would help advance KU’s mission of educating leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that change the world.
Tue, 01/31/2012
In November, I wrote to you about the duty we each have as human beings to immediately report to law enforcement any abuse or sexual assault of a child, including reports you receive from others. I also told you we were examining university policies to codify that responsibility for our employees.
Thu, 01/19/2012
Chancellor Gray-Little delivered one of the keynote addresses at the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer’s University Startups Conference in Washington, DC. In her remarks, she highlighted the progress KU is making in the delivery of discoveries to the public, and the ways KU is using research to create jobs and grow the economy.
Tue, 01/17/2012
As our students were completing their finals last month, I was meeting with the Board of Regents to share the aspirations we have set for ourselves as a university, as well as outlining how we will achieve them.
Wed, 12/14/2011
The University of Kansas has bold aspirations for its future and how the university will benefit students, Kansans and the world, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little told the Board of Regents today.
Mon, 12/12/2011
Finals began today and the semester will soon come to a close. But before we turn our attention to spending time with loved ones during the break, I want look back over what has been an eventful and successful fall at the University of Kansas.
Mon, 11/28/2011
From climate change to shortages of vital resources like water and fuel, our world faces a range of challenges. How we as a university, nation, and society meet these challenges will determine the health, well-being and prosperity of not just our children and grandchildren, but all of us.
Mon, 11/14/2011
Next week we’ll celebrate Thanksgiving. Many will head home for the holiday, while many of our international students will be welcomed into the homes of local residents as part of the 57th annual Betty Grimwood Thanksgiving Homestay Program.
Fri, 11/11/2011
The University of Kansas Medical Center has undergone remarkable growth and progress during Executive Vice Chancellor Barbara Atkinson’s leadership. More Kansans are being treated by KU-educated health professionals, and more patients have access to new treatments discovered by KU researchers thanks to accomplishments at the medical center.
Thu, 11/10/2011
The shocking allegations of abuse at Penn State serve as a reminder to us all of the importance of reporting crimes and other offenses to the proper authorities, including law enforcement.
Fri, 11/04/2011
KU is dedicated to being recognized among the top-tier public international research universities. To achieve this goal, we must transform our institution in terms of effectiveness and efficiency. Our resources should be carefully dedicated to meeting our mission of educating future leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that will change the world.
Mon, 10/31/2011
As someone who believes a truly great university educates its students on how to make a good living and a good life, I’ve followed with some concern the pressure placed on universities to only educate students for their careers. This is most often felt in the humanities and is something I spoke about at the Reinvention Center’s national conference last year.
Mon, 10/17/2011
In my previous message, I discussed how the initiatives underway at KU fit together and how work on each one helps us make progress on the other two. This time, I want to focus specifically on the important role that graduate programs — especially doctoral education — play in KU’s ability to achieve its mission.
Thu, 10/13/2011
The top seniors from nine area high schools were honored during Kansas Honors Program festivities at Hays High School. Chancellor Gray-Little spoke to students about taking the next step in their lives.
Mon, 10/03/2011
We are engaged in three big initiatives: Bold Aspirations, the strategic plan; Changing for Excellence, our project to increase efficiency and effectiveness; and Far Above, the comprehensive fundraising campaign. One question I’ve been asked is why we’re undertaking these, and specifically why we’re doing them all at the same time.
Mon, 09/19/2011
This week we mark a milestone in the University of Kansas’ drive to cure cancer.
Thu, 09/15/2011
Chancellor Gray-Little joined state, local and university leaders to celebrate the expansion of the School of Pharmacy to Wichita and the expansion of the School of Medicine-Wichita to a four-year program.
Tue, 09/06/2011
I’ve often talked about the special role the University of Kansas fills as the state’s flagship research university. We’re called upon to educate tomorrow’s leaders, conduct innovative research, and build strong, healthy communities through service.
Mon, 08/29/2011
It is my pleasure to welcome you, not only to the start of a new school year at the University of Kansas, but also to the start of a new ascent to excellence in academics, scholarship, and service to mankind. This is a journey that will test our commitment and fortitude, but during the course of the climb, will strengthen our future.
Mon, 08/22/2011
Welcome to the first day of classes of the 2011–12 academic year at the University of Kansas! It was a pleasure to see many of you at Convocation last night as we formally started the latest chapter in the history of our university.


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.