The Kansas Board of Regents named Doug Girod as the 18th Chancellor of the University of Kansas Thursday. Girod is a medical doctor and served as executive chancellor of the University of Kansas Medical Center for four years.
Zoe Newton, board of regents chair, said Girod will honor KU’s traditions and history while leading the school into the future.
“Dr. Girod is the right person for this time of transition,” Newton said.
Girod, a surgeon, joined KU Med Center in 1994. During his tenure, he has served as interim dean of the KU School of Medicine, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and chair of the Otolaryngology department. Prior to joining the faculty at KU Med, he served as in the U.S. Navy Reserves as the Vice Chairman and Research Director in the Department of Otolaryngology at the Naval Medical Center in Oakland, California.
In its hiring announcement, the Kansas Board of Regents didn’t say what the state will pay Girod in the new role. If he earns what his predecessor, former KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little made, Girod will take a pay cut. As the executive chancellor of KU Med, the state paid Girod $687,000 in 2016. Gray-Little earned $511,341 as chancellor.