KU selects Bernadette Gray-Little as 17th chancellor

Since Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway announced Dec. 8, 2008, that he would retire from KU June 30, 2009, the university has been interviewing candidates to fill his position. That search ended Friday afternoon, when the Kansas Board of Regents hired Bernadette Gray-Little as the 17th chancellor of Kansas University.


Biographical Information

Full name: Bernadette Gray-Little
Born: Washington, N.C.
Age: 64, as of May 29, 2009
Family: Husband: Shade Little; two children, one grandchild.
Education: Marywood College, Scranton, Pa.: Bachelor's in Psychology; St. Louis University: Master's in psychology and doctorate in clinical pyschology.
Research interests: Cross-cultural psychology, relation of social and cultural factors to personality, psychopathology.
Salary as Chancellor: $425,000 per year and $25,000 per year in deferred compensation. Of the $425,000, $267,177 is state funds and $157,823 is from private sources.
Academic Experience:

  • 1971-1982: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as a psychology professor.
  • 1982-1993: Director, Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology;
  • 1993 to 1998: Chair of the Department of Psychology. 1999-2001: Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education for the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • 2001-2004: Executive Associate Provost.
  • April 29, 2004-June 30, 2006: Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • July 1, 2007-Aug. 15, 2009: Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
  • Aug. 15, 2009: Became Chancellor at Kansas University

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