Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

In the news

Wed, 04/17/2013
Last week I wrote to you about some of the effects that budget cuts proposed by the Kansas Legislature would have on the University of Kansas and our ability to meet our responsibilities as the state’s flagship university. Working with leaders on all of our campuses, I have additional details to share with you, which I will also be sharing this afternoon with the Board of Regents.
Mon, 04/08/2013
The University of Kansas has special responsibilities, including educating leaders who contribute to the prosperity of their communities and conducting research that leads to new ideas, new products and new treatments. In these and countless other ways, we contribute to the well-being of our state. Our continued ability to meet these responsibilities is threatened by budget cuts being considered by the Kansas Legislature.
Tue, 03/26/2013
Chancellor Gray-Little joined Dean of Music Robert Walzel in introducing the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble's performance of the world premiere of "In the Shadow of No Towers," a symphony composed by Mohammed Fairouz and inspired by Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel of the same name.
Mon, 03/25/2013
There is a debate taking place regarding the future of public universities and the role they play in our society. This debate is taking place across our nation, and is most visible when it comes time for legislators and governors to pass state budgets.
Mon, 03/04/2013
At the start of the semester, I mentioned to you how donors and alumni around the nation have shared with me their support for the changes we’re making at the University of Kansas. I’d like to expand on that theme, discussing how these changes complement each other and advance our entire university.
Mon, 02/18/2013
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little testified in support of Governor Brownback's recommended budget for KU during an appearance before the House Education Budget Committee. She said the recommendation will enable KU to meet its responsibilities to students and Kansans.
Mon, 02/18/2013
Our ability to continue fulfilling our mission depends on the talent of our faculty, staff and, importantly, our students. That’s why we must continue to aggressively recruit talented students to KU, whether they’re from Kansas or outside the state, by demonstrating that KU is uniquely positioned to prepare them for successful careers and lives.
Thu, 02/07/2013
During testimony to the Senate Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education, Chancellor Gray-Little highlighted the benefits that the University of Kansas provides to Kansans, from an educated workforce and healthier communities, to discoveries that create jobs and prosperity.
Tue, 02/05/2013
In the 2013 State of the University video, Chancellor Gray-Little highlights the accomplishments of the past year, as well as the changes the University of Kansas is making to ensure it is recognized as a top tier public international research university.
Tue, 02/05/2013
I'm pleased to present my 2013 State of the University address in this brief video, which details how the University of Kansas is meeting its responsibilities as the state’s flagship university by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.
Tue, 01/22/2013
As we start a new year, we’re building on the progress made in 2012 toward achieving our bold aspirations. This progress was the result of the work of countless people across our university, and I’m pleased to tell you that work has not gone unnoticed.
Fri, 01/18/2013
Chancellor Gray-Little spoke to South Middle School in Lawrence, Kan., about Martin Luther King and how they could learn from his life and legacy.
Fri, 01/18/2013
Chancellor Gray-Little commented on Governor Sam Brownback's proposed budget for FY 2014 and FY 2015, which includes additional support for the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Tue, 01/15/2013
Chancellor Gray-Little traveled to Blacksburg to deliver the keynote address at the Advancing Diversity at Virginia Tech conference. In her remarks, she emphasized that access alone is not enough and that universities need to shift their focus to success.
Mon, 12/10/2012
When you look back on what we’ve done over the past year, it’s hard to believe we fit it all into 12 months.
Wed, 12/05/2012
In an opinion column, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and University of Missouri Chancellor Brady J. Deaton warned that the cuts contained in the so-called “fiscal cliff” would harm students and research, thereby slowing economic growth and dimming prosperity in coming years. They called for a balanced solution that preserves universities’ ability to contribute to growth and job creation.
Mon, 11/26/2012
At my first Convocation, I outlined three areas that I would focus on as your chancellor: increasing the percentage of students who graduate, enhancing scholarship in all disciplines, and securing the resources we need to accomplish our goals.
Mon, 11/12/2012
Over the course of the past week, we have marked two occasions that remind us of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, as well as how we as individuals and as a university contribute to our democracy.
Tue, 10/30/2012
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little spoke at the Central Exchange on the university’s efforts to encourage more women to enter STEMM fields, or science, technology, engineering math and medicine.
Fri, 10/26/2012

It’s the 100th anniversary of Homecoming at the University of Kansas, and Jayhawks are returning to campus during what is already proving to be a successful fall semester. This fall, we’ve welcomed a record-setting class of new Jayhawks, been visited by a president, celebrated our largest-ever research grant and made progress toward achieving our bold aspirations.

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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.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," 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.

KU is in the midst of a comprehensive effort to ensure the university is ranked among the top tier of public international research universities.

Through Bold Aspirations, our strategic plan, we're changing the way we prepare students for success. We're fostering research and scholarship across all disciplines. And we're sharing the benefits of a flagship university with our state and world.

This effort is supported by Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas, as well as our initiative to reduce administrative costs, Changing for Excellence.