Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

In the news

Mon, 03/07/2011
I wanted to send you a short message today updating you on two efforts that are central to the future of KU: the strategic planning process and the comprehensive campaign.
Mon, 02/21/2011
In the two previous messages this semester, I've talked about how events in Topeka shape our ability to carry out the university's mission. This time I'd like to focus on how actions in Washington also affect KU.
Tue, 02/15/2011
Universities directly benefit the economic health and general well-being of Kansas, Chancellor Gray-Little told legislators during a meeting of the House Education Budget Committee. She expressed support for the Governor’s recommended budget and outlined the ways KU can help Kansas return to prosperity.
Mon, 02/07/2011
Service to others is central to our mission. We serve our students by inspiring them to reach their full potential. We serve the world through scholarly and creative endeavors that enhance quality of life and create jobs and prosperity. And we serve society through the work of countless individuals on our campuses, around the state, and all over the globe.
Thu, 01/27/2011
Chancellor Gray-Little outlined the accomplishments and challenges of the previous year while also looking to KU’s future. She also discussed the ways that the KU community is working together to create a stronger, more vibrant university.
Mon, 01/24/2011
As we start the spring semester I want to invite you to attend the State of the University Address, this Thursday, January 27 at 4 p.m. in Woodruff Auditorium. This event will give us an opportunity to look at the major events of the past year, as well as to talk about the challenges and opportunities facing KU in the coming months.
Wed, 12/15/2010
There’s one more week left in the semester and one final flurry of activity before the university becomes a much quieter place for a few weeks.
Mon, 11/22/2010
Thanksgiving is only a few days away, which means many of us will be making trips to visit family and, in the case of our students, get a home-cooked meal and a short break before finals begin.
Fri, 11/12/2010
Research universities are facing a range of new challenges that affect their ability to successfully accomplish their teaching and research missions. Chancellor Gray-Little discussed the new landscape for universities in the keynote address at the Reinvention Center National Conference in Washington, DC.
Tue, 11/09/2010
Tonight the steering committee and three work groups representing university constituencies will begin the task of identifying strategic action items, including metrics and a timeline that will enable us to measure our progress. As they prepare to do so, I want to briefly share with you some of the reasons why this process is not only important, but urgent.
Mon, 10/11/2010
The education provided in our classrooms and through scholarly experiences beyond the classroom plays a crucial role in what students learn at KU. But we should also remember that the structure of the curriculum has a significant effect on what our students learn during their time here.
Fri, 09/17/2010
Chancellor Gray-Little helped welcome new citizens of the United States during a Naturalization Ceremony held at the Dole Institute of Politics.
Thu, 09/16/2010
Chancellor Gray-Little gave an update to the Kansas Board of Regents on actions taken to ensure transparency and accountability in Kansas Athletics.
Mon, 08/30/2010
Recruiting students to become active members of the KU community is one of the most important jobs at our institution. Too often, however, we assume that the job of recruiting undergraduates falls only to the staff in the Office of Admissions, when in reality recruiting is a responsibility we all share.
Wed, 08/18/2010
Tonight marks the 145th time the university community has come together to celebrate the beginning of a school year. It is a time when we reunite with our colleagues, as well as welcome new students, faculty and staff to the university.
Tue, 08/17/2010
Chancellor Gray-Little spoke to faculty members about the importance of teaching as part of the KU Summit 2010, which is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence, Provost’s Office and KU Medical Center.
Mon, 08/16/2010
I’ll be coming to Convocation after attending the Board of Regents’ annual retreat that afternoon. During this year’s retreat, the Regents have asked university leaders to outline their plans for the future of their institutions. I want to give you a preview of what I’ll talk about with the board.
Fri, 07/30/2010
Chancellor Gray-Little spoke to incoming medical students and their families during this annual event at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Wed, 06/30/2010
Today marks the last day of Danny Anderson's term as interim provost and executive vice chancellor, but the legacy of his service in that position will extend far into the future.
Thu, 06/17/2010
The university is making marked progress on several goals important to our academic and research endeavors. These initiatives are fundamental to our ability to extend the boundaries of human knowledge and advance the horizons of our students, the state and our world.


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.