Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

In the news

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.
Mon, 02/15/2010
In testimony to the House Education Budget Committee, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little outlined KU’s positive economic impact, including the 6,000 graduates it educates each year and the 17 active Kansas companies that are based on KU research. She urged committee members to avoid additional cuts that would harm the state’s ability to be ready for an economic recovery.
Wed, 02/10/2010
Chancellor Gray-Little spoke to area business leaders and chamber of commerce representatives from Topeka, Manhattan and Lawrence, during an event held February 10 on the Washburn University campus.
Tue, 02/09/2010
In written testimony provided to the Senate Ways & Means Subcommittee on Higher Education, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little outlined how $37.3 million in cuts and unfunded mandates have hampered KU’s ability to provide the educated graduates and research discoveries that will be critical to Kansas’ economic recovery. She urged legislators to avoid additional cuts that would further damage the university’s ability to contribute to the Kansas economy.
Thu, 02/04/2010
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little testified to the Kansas House Appropriations Committee on how the state's investment in KU is leveraged into significant returns, both in terms of educated graduates and in terms of research discoveries that drive the economy and enhance Kansans' quality of life. She also discussed her priorities as chancellor and outlined some of the effects of recent state budget cuts.
Wed, 01/27/2010
Chancellor Gray-Little was the featured speaker at Fort Riley’s event honoring Dr. King. She talked about the importance of service and commended the military for being an organization where all are judged on merit and character, not on race or ethnicity.
Mon, 01/25/2010
Most of us can remember our favorite teacher or professor - someone who engaged and mentored us, opening our eyes to a new field of study or career path. For me, it was two high school teachers who inspired a love of language and of philosophy.
Thu, 01/14/2010
Chancellor Gray-Little was the keynote speaker at Governor Mark Parkinson’s 2010 celebration in honor of Dr. King, held at the First Presbyterian Church in Topeka.
Thu, 01/14/2010
In addition to the beginning of spring classes, this week also marked the start of the 2010 Legislative Session. State leaders face serious budget challenges, but I was gratified to hear Governor Mark Parkinson begin the session on Monday with a strong endorsement of the benefits universities provide to Kansas.
Mon, 12/07/2009
It seems hard to believe that the end of the fall semester is upon us, with finals starting next week. Wasn’t it just yesterday that we came to campus, ready to start a new school year? It doesn’t seem possible that it was four months ago that Shade and I started to unpack in the beautiful Outlook.
Mon, 11/09/2009
I came to the University of Kansas with three initial goals: Increase our retention and graduation rates, enhance the university’s scholarly and research profile, and ensure we have the resources to accomplish these goals.
Mon, 10/26/2009
The start of the school year two months ago meant a return to campus for students, faculty and staff. But it also meant the return of an unwelcome visitor – the H1N1 flu virus.
Mon, 10/12/2009
Kansas is a big state. It’s easy to see that on a map, but only when you start to travel do you fully appreciate its size and diversity.
Wed, 10/07/2009
The Kansas Honors Program recognizes outstanding high school seniors throughout Kansas, and Chancellor Gray-Little traveled to Dodge City to honor the students from eight southwest Kansas counties.


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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
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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.