Mary serves as the office manager, directing special projects, troubleshooting, and tracking issues. She also is the chancellor's primary liaison with the Board of Regents and other officials. A North Carolina native, Mary has a background in arts management and higher education administration. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has served in similar capacities at Penn State and the University of Kentucky.
Jana Collins manages the chancellor's calendar and correspondence, arranges travel and serves as Assistant to the Chancellor. She joined the staff in the Office of the Chancellor in September 2017. She previously worked for the KU Office of the Provost, the KU School of Education and the Baker University President's Office. She is a native of Highland, Kansas, and holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baker University and a Master of Science in Education-Higher Education Administration degree from the University of Kansas.
Debra Bia serves as assistant to Mary Burg, executive assistant to the chancellor. She serves on the Faculty and Academic Staff Retirement Lunch planning committee and assists with a variety of other events and committees. She joined the staff in the Office of the Chancellor in March 2008 after six years in the Provost’s office. She is a native of Cherryvale, Kansas and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Pittsburg State University.
Melissa Simpson Rhodes serves as the administrative assistant for the Office of the Chancellor, performing a variety of duties, including coordinating the annual United Way fund drive on the Lawrence campus. Prior to joining the Office of the Chancellor, she had been with KU’s Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation as an executive assistant since April 2015. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in hotel and restaurant administration and spent many years working in the hospitality, health care and public education sectors.