Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Douglas A. Girod began as the 18th chancellor of the University of Kansas in July 2017. A head-and-neck surgeon, Girod earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis and his medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco.

He has been on the faculty at the University of Kansas since 1994 and has served in a variety of administrative roles, including executive vice chancellor, at KU Medical Center. Girod became executive vice chancellor of the University of Kansas Medical Center on Feb. 1, 2013. There he oversaw the educational, research, patient care and community engagement missions of the University of Kansas schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions, with their total annual enrollment of more than 3,300 students; a workforce of more than 2,100 faculty and more than 4,000 staff; and research funding of nearly $100 million.

Inauguration 2018

The University of Kansas will celebrate the inauguration of Douglas A. Girod as the university’s 18th chancellor at an installation ceremony April 20 in the Lied Center at 2 p.m. The ceremony culminates with Chancellor Girod’s inaugural address in which he will discuss his vision, goals and priorities for the university.

The April 20 installation ceremony is part of two weeks of inauguration activities that include community service opportunities, social activities, music concerts, building dedications, a formal ball, and a TED Talk-style research symposium.

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