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Archive for Thursday, July 12, 2001

soundoff on KU chancellor

July 12, 2001

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"According to 'The University of Kansas: A History' by Clifford S. Griffin, when the university was created in the 1860s, a faculty president handled most of the executive administrative work at the university while the chancellor's duties were to preside at Board of Regents meetings ... and act as a financial officer for the university. When the faculty president quit and the regents could not agree on a successor, they combined the jobs and gave it to the chancellor, John Fraser.

"There is no record in University Archives detailing why legislators, who wrote the charter creating the university, chose to title the position 'chancellor' instead 'president.'"

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