Bernadette Gray-Little

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Bernadette Gray-Little
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Gray-Little on January 22, 2015 addresses the crowd before former President Obama speaks.
17th Chancellor of University of Kansas
In office
August 15, 2009 – June 30, 2017
Preceded by Robert Hemenway
Succeeded by Douglas Girod
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
In office
July 1, 2006 – July 31, 2009
Personal details
Born (1945-10-31) October 31, 1945 (age 72)
Washington, North Carolina
Residence Lawrence, Kansas
Alma mater Marywood University (B.S)
Saint Louis University
(M.S. and PhD)
Profession Educator
Salary $511,341[1]

Bernadette Gray-Little is a retired academic administrator most recently serving as the 17th chancellor of the University of Kansas, where she was the first African-American and female to serve as the chancellor. She oversaw the university's main campus in Lawrence, its medical center campuses in Kansas City, Salina and Wichita, the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, and other facilities around Kansas. She replaced chancellor Robert Hemenway in August 2009,[2][3] and retired in June 2017.[4]


Bernadette Gray-Little was born Bernadette Gray in Washington, North Carolina in 1945. She received her B.A. from Marywood University in (Scranton, PA) and an M.S. and PhD in psychology from Saint Louis University. As part of a Fulbright Foundation fellowship, she conducted postdoctoral research in cross-cultural psychology in Denmark. She has also been a Social Science Research Council Fellow and a recipient of a Ford Foundation Senior Scholar Fellowship through the National Research Council.

Employment history[edit]

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • 1971–1976, Assistant Director and Supervisor, Family Practice Center
  • 1971–1982, Professor, Assistant to Full, Psychology
  • 1983–1993, Director, Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology
  • 1993–1998, Chair, Department of Psychology
  • 1999–2001, Senior Associate Dean – Undergraduate Education
  • 2001–2004, Executive Associate Provost
  • 2004–2006, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
  • 2006–2009, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

University of Kansas

  • 2009–2017, Chancellor

Boards and committees[edit]

Gray-Little was one of four university leaders selected to represent the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities at a White House summit on math and science education in January 2010. She has held a number of leadership positions and memberships on a variety of boards and committees, including several with the American Psychological Association. She also served as a faculty affiliate at the Center for Creative leadership from 1998–2004. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Online Computer Library Center and the board of US Bank.

On September 22, 2016, Gray-Little announced she would retire at the end of the 2016–17 school year.[4]


  1. ^ "Kansas Government Employee Payroll List". Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
  2. ^ Board of Regents makes historic selection for KU chancellor. (May 29, 2009). Retrieved on 2015-11-29.
  3. ^ Hilley, Justin (May 29, 2009). "Chancellor announced in Topeka – The University Daily Kansan: News". Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Chancellor Gray-Little to step down in summer 2017 | The University of Kansas". 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2016-09-22. 

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