U. of Kansas Chancellor Will Step Down Next Year

Bernadette Gray-Little, chancellor of the University of Kansas, announced on Thursday that she planned to leave her post in the summer of 2017, the Lawrence Journal-World reports.

Ms. Gray-Little started at the university in 2009, and she was the first woman and first African-American to lead the state’s flagship university. She said in a news release that the timing of her decision made sense.

“With many critical initiatives either completed or nearing completion — including a $1.6-billion Far Above campaign and our transformational Central District project — now is an ideal time for the University of Kansas to identify a new chancellor to guide the next chapter in the university’s history,” Ms. Gray-Little said.

The university said details on the search for her successor would be disclosed in the coming weeks.

The news release listed several achievements under Ms. Gray-Little’s leadership, including the launch of a universitywide curriculum and a change in financial aid. Last year she faced criticism from students when she vetoed a fee that would have helped create a multicultural student government.

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