KU chancellor serves on Douglas County jury

photo by: Mike Yoder

University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod speaks to students, faculty and staff during KU’s opening convocation Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, at the Lied Center.

The University of Kansas chancellor reported for jury duty first thing Monday morning at Douglas County District Court — and got picked.

Chancellor Douglas Girod wasn’t pulled away from his usual day job for weeks on this case, though.

The defendant was charged with a single misdemeanor, a sexual battery that occurred in 2018, according to court records. And he was tried, convicted and sentenced all by midafternoon Monday.

Girod was the foreman of the jury, a court officer confirmed.

The Journal-World reached out to KU spokespeople Monday to see if Girod had a comment about his service, but did not receive a response from the chancellor.

Girod has been a Douglas County resident less than two years. He took the reins as KU’s chancellor in summer 2017 and moved from Mission Hills to the KU chancellor’s residence in Lawrence.

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