LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas will honor former chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little for her service to the university.

University officials announced Thursday that Gray-Little will receive the 2018 Fred Ellsworth Medallion for extraordinary service. The award will be presented by the KU Alumni Association during a fall meeting of its board of directors on Sept. 14.

Gray-Little retired in 2017 after eight years as the school's 17th chancellor. During her tenure, she led a $1.6 billion fundraising campaign, guided the implementation of new admissions standards and launched a new undergraduate curriculum. She also oversaw 50 capital improvement projects totaling $700 million.

The award is named after Fred Ellsworth, a 1922 Kansas graduate who was the Alumni Association's chief executive for 39 years. The honor has been awarded since 1975.