Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

In the news

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.
Wed, 06/16/2010
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little took part in The Central Exchange’s CEO Series, talking about her leadership style and the challenges that university leaders face.
Sun, 05/16/2010
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little's Address to the 2010 Commencement of the University of Kansas.
Mon, 05/10/2010
It is hard to believe that my first walk down the Hill is a week away. It seems like only yesterday that Shade and I made our first visit to the Outlook, took our first stroll down Mass. Street, and experienced for the first time the warm welcome of the Jayhawk family.
Mon, 04/26/2010
As I wrote to you last month, we have been closely monitoring the budget deliberations in Topeka. One of the key dates in those deliberations has now passed and legislators are set to return to Topeka this Wednesday, so I wanted to update you on the current status of the state budget.
Mon, 04/12/2010
First let me say how moved I was by the inaugural ceremony yesterday. It is an honor to lead an institution that has such devoted faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends. I look forward to working with all of you to advance the initiatives I outlined in my remarks, as well as achieve our broader goals in the areas of teaching, research and service.
Sun, 04/11/2010
The inauguration of Bernadette Gray-Little as KU's 17th Chancellor took place at the Lied Center on the Lawrence campus. Here are her remarks as prepared for delivery with additional photos and video of the speech and from the installation.
Mon, 03/29/2010
You see a lot of blue on our campuses. Usually it is paired with crimson and worn to support the Jayhawks. But at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Yoder, just outside of Hutchinson, there's a different reason most people are dressed in blue.
Mon, 03/08/2010
As much as I'd like to again send you a message about the memories that Jayhawks continue to share with me about their experiences at KU, I need to instead update you on where the university's budget and other priorities currently stand in the Kansas Legislature.
Wed, 03/03/2010
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little testified to the House Vision 2020 Committee about the challenges and opportunities facing higher education, and the University of Kansas specifically. While budget cuts have created significant problems, KU is moving forward in areas that will help ensure Kansas is ready for the recovery.
Mon, 02/22/2010
As you might imagine, the Chancellor's Office receives an incredible amount of mail - communications from campus units, official correspondence from the Board of Regents, reports from other universities, and sales pitches from vendors.


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44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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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.