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Why does Kansas University have a "chancellor" when other state universities have a "president?" Is there any difference between the two?

KU spokesman Todd Cohen answers: "The KU 'chancellor' and the KSU 'president' basically have the same jobs as chief executive officers of their respective universities.

"According to 'The University of Kansas: A History' by Clifford S. Griffin, 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.


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