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Chancellor Gray-Little to have building named in her honor, receives Chancellor Emerita status

Wed, 12/18/2019

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas will rename a premier research facility in honor of the chancellor who made it a reality.

KU will rename its Integrated Science Building in honor of former Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, whose leadership from 2009-17 was instrumental to the building’s construction. The facility will officially be renamed Gray-Little Hall in spring or summer 2020.

The Kansas Board of Regents approved the name change today. Additionally, the board voted to bestow upon Chancellor Gray-Little the title of Chancellor Emerita.

“Chancellor Gray-Little guided KU to unprecedented success, elevated the university’s stature, and transformed the way KU serves the state,” said Chancellor Douglas A. Girod. “Among her many accomplishments was the development of the Integrated Science Building, which provided KU with outstanding new research space at a crucial moment in the university’s history.

“In addition to this and her many other accomplishments related to education, service and research, Chancellor Gray-Little led with a special dignity and grace that made her a role model for Jayhawks everywhere. We are thrilled to rename such an important building in her honor and to forever have the pleasure of referring to her as Chancellor Emerita Bernadette Gray-Little,” Girod said.

The Integrated Science Building opened in 2018 and comprises approximately 280,000 square feet of space for teaching, learning and interdisciplinary research in chemistry, medicinal chemistry, physics, molecular biosciences and related fields.

“The Integrated Science Building is a crucial asset for the University of Kansas,” Chancellor Gray-Little said. “For our students, the building has provided new ways to interact with instructors and engage in a modern curriculum. For our researchers, the building has enabled them to do the kind of research that improves lives, grows the economy and advances knowledge. I am honored to have been part of the development of this building, and I look forward to the great work that will happen within its walls for years to come.”

Gray-Little Hall will be the first building renamed for a former chancellor since 2015, when the Art and Design Building was rededicated as Chalmers Hall in honor of Chancellor E. Laurence Chalmers.

In her time as KU’s top official, Chancellor Gray-Little advanced KU's mission to educate leaders by implementing new admissions standards, launching a new undergraduate curriculum, and growing the freshman class for five straight years. She strengthened KU's efforts to build healthy communities by overseeing the University of Kansas Cancer Center’s application for National Cancer Institute designation and expansions of the schools of Pharmacy and Medicine.

She empowered KU to make discoveries by recruiting 12 Foundation Distinguished Professors, leading the university to record-high research funding, and pursuing resources to help KU researchers excel. Additionally, Chancellor Gray-Little led a record-setting $1.66 billion fundraising campaign and an unprecedented modernization of KU’s campuses.

Under her leadership, KU completed 50 capital improvement projects totaling $700 million and secured funding for the Central District, a once-in-a-generation project that has changed the face of education and research at KU. For details, visit chancellor.ku.edu/thank-you-bgl.



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