Leadership Corner - Carroll Kimball
Engage (verb, en gayj): to involve somebody or become involved; to hold the attention of or win the affection of somebody.
Vanderbilt in 2012 is a radically different institution than the Vanderbilt from which I graduated in 1984. No more meal points … no more Kissam … no more “White Animals.” But, oh, the changes! The energy of our first-year students housed in The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt, the enthusiastic Commodore sports fans, and the emergence of Vanderbilt as a premier and highly ranked university are but a few. Time has marched on, but some things have not changed. Our faculty members remain as distinguished leaders in their fields. We are graduating top-notch students whose liberal arts education is serving them well in society. And you, our alumni, are continuing to make a difference in the lives of so many people around the world.
Although our alma mater continues to evolve and change, just as you have evolved and changed since your graduation, there are many, many ways for you to stay involved with and to benefit from this vibrant culture. Maybe you’re interested in changing jobs, or even careers . Put your 125,000-strong Vanderbilt network to work for you. If you’re interested in educational and social events in your area, then check out your local chapter’s website . As the next generation of students is finding its way from the CommonVU orientation program to graduation, they will often turn to you as alumni for advice and wisdom. You can get involved with students through our Dores across Nashville dinners or become a career advisor on VUconnect . If fun is what you’re looking for, peruse the Vanderbilt travel website or cheer for the Commodores at sporting events or viewing parties in your area. Regardless of your interests, there is a way for you to “en gayj.” If you’re unsure how to start, contact Vanderbilt Alumni Relations at (615) 322-2929. Vanderbilt, and its students, will benefit immensely from your involvement, and you, we hope, will get back even more than you give.
Carroll Kimball, BA’84
President, Vanderbilt University Alumni Association