Board of Trustees

Bernadette Gray-Little

Chancellor Emerita, University of Kansas

Bernadette Gray-Little

Bernadette Gray-Little is Chancellor Emerita, the University of Kansas, where she served from 2009–2017. Under her leadership, the university's efforts have included a new undergraduate curriculum that incorporates experiential learning, funding for multidisciplinary research on global challenges, streamlined administrative functions, and a successful fundraising campaign.

While Chancellor, Bernadette was named to the Board of Directors of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and to the Board of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), which she chaired. She also served as a member of the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences.

Prior to becoming KU's 17th chancellor, Bernadette held leadership positions at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, including Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Dean of Arts and Sciences, and Executive Associate Provost. She was a faculty member in the Department of Psychology.

Bernadette earned her B.A. from Marywood College and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Saint Louis University. She was a Fulbright Fellow and a Social Science Research Council Fellow, and received a Ford Foundation Senior Scholar Fellowship through the National Research Council.

Term of Service

November 2017—November 2025