Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Barbara Bichelmeyer named provost and executive vice chancellor

Barbara Bichelmeyer has been named the next provost and executive vice chancellor of the Lawrence campus.

Bichelmeyer is currently the provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she also served as interim chancellor. Prior to that, she held numerous leadership roles at Indiana University-Bloomington and elsewhere within the IU system. She earned four degrees from the University of Kansas. View her full administrative resumé and academic vita.

Bichelmeyer will begin her new role with KU in late February.

"Barbara is a talented researcher and administrator, as well as a proud KU alumna with an unabashed love for this place," said Chancellor Douglas A. Girod in a message to the KU community. "Beyond her credentials. I’ve had the pleasure of working with her for years on initiatives to enhance higher education’s role in regional economic development. As a result of our work together, I have come to know Barbara as a genuine and compassionate person who cares deeply about students, research and higher education. She is a Jayhawk to the core and committed to this university’s success. For all these reasons, I have no doubt she will be a strong and effective leader for KU."

Bichelmeyer's appointment concludes a national search process that began in spring 2019. Four finalists were invited to KU to meet with members of the community and deliver a public presentation beginning in October.

Chancellor Girod established a search committee to lead the search process. The search committee was co-chaired by Michelle Mohr Carney, Dean of the School of Social Welfare, and Steven A. Soper, Foundation Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering. Joining Dean Carney and Professor Soper on the committee were the following individuals:

  • Shawn Alexander, Professor, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; Faculty Senate Incoming President
  • Tricia Bergman, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Office of Research
  • Chris Brown, Graduate Student Body Vice President
  • John Dicus, CEO, Chairman and President of Capitol Federal Savings; KU alumnus 
  • Tammara Durham, Vice Provost for Student Affairs 
  • Tiara Floyd, Student Body President
  • Michelle Ginavan Hayes, Director, Eaton Shared Service Center; Staff Senate Outgoing President and Senator
  • Ted Juhl, Professor, School of Business
  • Joanna Slusky, Assistant Professor, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences 
  • Suzanne Valdez, Clinical Professor of Law, School of Law; University Senate Incoming President and Senator
  • David Volkin, Ronald T. Borchardt Distinguished Professor, School of Pharmacy
  • Kevin Willmott, Professor, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The committee used the services of R. William Funk and Associates, a national executive search firm that has assisted KU with numerous searches in the past.


Page updated: December 6, 2019 - 10 a.m.

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