Chancellor Robert Hemenway: 14 years leading KU

Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway announced Dec. 8, 2008, that he would retire from KU June 30, 2009. He will be remembered for his efforts to strengthen KU Hospital and KU Medical Center — including separating the hospital from direct state oversight — and setting a goal to achieve designation as a National Cancer Institute. His tenure will also be remembered for the increasing stature of Kansas Athletics. He was replaced by Bernadette Gray-Little, the first African-American and the first woman to be KU's chancellor.

Biographical Information

Full name: Robert Emery Hemenway
Born: Aug. 10, 1941
Age: 67
Family: Eight children, including two with his wife, Leah, and seven grandchildren.
Education: Hastings (Neb.) High School, 1959; University of Nebraska at Omaha, bachelor’s degree in English, 1963; Kent State University, doctorate in English, 1966.
Academic Experience: 1966-68, assistant professor of English, University of Kentucky; 1968-73, assistant and associate professor of American studies, University of Wyoming; 1973-81 associate professor and professor of English, University of Kentucky; 1981-86, chair, department of English, University of Kentucky; 1986-89, dean of Arts and Sciences, University of Oklahoma; 1989-95, chancellor, University of Kentucky, Lexington Campus; 1995-present, chancellor, Kansas University.
Books Published: “Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary Biography,” 1977. Contributed to several others, both as an editor and by writing forewords, chapters and introductions.
Salary as Chancellor: Three months ago, the Regents gave Hemenway a 2.5 percent pay raise, taking his potential salary compensation to $340,352. Of Hemenway's compensation, $267,177 is provided by state funds. The remaining $73,175 represents the maximum he can receive from the KU Endowment Association. When he was hired in 1995, Hemenway was paid a base salary of $160,000 — plus the chancellor’s residence, an $18,500 residential spending allowance, a $15,000 expense account and a leased vehicle.

Chancellor Robert Hemenway's career at KU
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Chancellor Robert Hemenway will resign as Chancellor on June 30, 2009.

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Hemenway, Sebelius storm press conference
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Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway deliver a press conference in reference to the March 14, 2006 storm.

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