Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

In the news

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.
Mon, 08/15/2011
As you know, the effects of the national recession and resulting state budget crisis have not spared the University of Kansas. In this context, it is clear that we must do things differently if we are to maintain current standards of quality, let alone make the improvements that are necessary to ensure KU’s future success.
Mon, 08/01/2011
Scholarships are one of our best tools for recruiting talented students to the University of Kansas. That’s why we’ve been realigning our scholarship programs to offer renewable scholarships to more incoming students.
Sun, 05/22/2011
It is my distinct pleasure to join you as we honor your achievement, and honor the fact that, today, you are all keeping a promise. Indeed, today you're keeping a number of promises, many of which you didn't even know you had made.
Mon, 05/16/2011
Another successful academic year at the University of Kansas is about to conclude. Students start finals today and Commencement is now less than a week away. It’s sometimes easy to get caught up during the rush of the semester and forget about what a remarkable institution we work for.
Mon, 05/02/2011
This weekend brought news that two members of the Association of American Universities were leaving the organization – one voluntarily and one after a vote by two-thirds of AAU members to discontinue its membership. This came after a review of both universities’ status was initiated by the AAU last year.
Mon, 04/25/2011
As part of a banquet honoring the best students in Kiowa County High School, Chancellor Gray-Little told students they could use education to transform their lives and the lives of those around them. She highlighted challenges the nation faces in areas like energy and health care and how higher education is critical to solving those challenges.
Tue, 04/12/2011
Last April, I announced that the Lawrence Campus would be developing a comprehensive sustainability plan, setting measurable goals toward minimizing our negative environmental and social impacts. Today I'm pleased to share an update on that process, along with opportunities for you to get involved with sustainability initiatives in our community.
Tue, 03/29/2011
Engineering-intensive industries like Sprint – and universities like KU that educate the engineers Sprint employs – will be increasingly important to the state and national economies, Chancellor Gray-Little said during remarks at Sprint headquarters. She took part in an event sponsored by the Diamond Network and WISE, two Sprint employee groups.
Mon, 03/28/2011
The University of Kansas is an active member of communities throughout Kansas. Our faculty, staff and students volunteer countless hours in service of others, both on their own and through events organized by university groups.
Wed, 03/09/2011
Chancellor Gray-Little testified about the importance of making investments in academic areas like health and engineering during an appearance before the Senate Ways & Means Subcommittee on Higher Education. She also outlined the research successes at KU that are benefitting the state.


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.