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Chancellor Statement

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little

I chose to come to the University of Kansas because it is one of the nation’s leading public universities, and it has aspirations to excel. KU also has a tremendous level of support from the city of Lawrence, the state and its alumni. My husband, Shade, and I have been overwhelmed by the warm welcome we have received here, and I know this hospitality extends to the many students, faculty and staff who call KU home.

As the 17th chancellor of KU, I am committed to seeing that KU attracts and retains outstanding undergraduates, graduate students and talented faculty and staff to enrich its quality and its intellectual and human diversity. Our future as a premier university depends on our abilities to learn and work together in an increasingly diverse world. Everyone at KU plays a role in creating an inclusive environment. Mutual respect, mutual trust, and collegiality are the bonds of the relationships we seek; they are essential components to our standards of excellence.

I invite you to explore the Web site of the Diversity & Equity office and see for yourself the “KU Difference.” The Web site will give you the opportunity to learn and stay up to date about the many initiatives, programs and resources we offer and our colleagues who make a difference at KU.


One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
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
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