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History of the Office

Chancellors 1875–2009 Landon C. Garland 1875-1893 The first chancellor, Landon C. Garland, was a Virginian and hugely proud of it. He earned a B.A. from Hampden-Sydney in 1829, taught at Washington College, then at Randolph-Macon. One of Garland’s pupils in those days was Holland McTyeire. By the time young McTyeire graduated in 1847, Garland was…

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Academic Strategic Planning

Download the Academic Strategic Plan Executive Summary Read FAQ’s from the Feb. 27, March 11 and March 24, 2014, Faculty Town Hall meetings Vanderbilt’s leadership role extends beyond the classrooms, laboratories and residence halls and into the daily lives of everyday people who look to us to help them explore ideas, solve problems, serve others,…

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Biography of Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos

Nicholas S. Zeppos was named Vanderbilt University’s eighth chancellor on March 1, 2008. A distinguished legal scholar, teacher and executive, Zeppos served from 2002 – 2008 as Vanderbilt’s chief academic officer, overseeing the university’s undergraduate, graduate and professional education programs as well as research efforts in liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, education, business, law…

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Home Page Content

Welcome! It is my great honor to serve as Vanderbilt University’s eighth chancellor. This institution, which I have served as faculty member, provost and vice chancellor for over 25 years, is one of the most dynamic, exhilarating and relevant higher learning institutions in the nation. A key reason for our upward trajectory is our rejection…

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A note to faculty regarding graduate education

Dear Colleagues: Our nation and globe remain in economic distress, either in what is becoming known as the “Great Recession” or at least in the echo of last year’s financial panic. Challenges and uncertainty remain. At the same time, I am proud of how Vanderbilt has fared and am eager to share my deep gratitude…

Posted by Web Communications on January 22, 2010 in News

Message from the chancellor about Haiti

From Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos: With last week’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, members of the Vanderbilt community continue to search for ways to help this country. There are a number of relief efforts under way on campus and in the Nashville community, and I am grateful for the way Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff have…

Posted by Web Communications on January 20, 2010 in News

Welcome to the 2009-2010 Academic Year

To Members of the Vanderbilt University Community: The unusual chill in the August air is a comforting signal that the academic year is beginning. Our great university hardly lies dormant over the summer. Caring for patients, discovery and research, and classes all continue year round, keeping busy dedicated staff and faculty and students. But by…

Posted by Web Communications on August 24, 2009 in News

Senior Class Day Speaker

Dear Members of the Vanderbilt Community, I am pleased to tell you that Pulitzer Prizewinning author and world-renown historian Doris Kearns Goodwin is the recipient of the 2009 Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal and will be our keynote speaker at Senior Class Day on May 7 at 10:00 a.m. on Alumni Lawn. Doris Kearns Goodwin has served our…

Posted by Web Communications on April 1, 2009 in News

Invitation to Town Hall Meeting

Dear Colleagues, As you all know, we have recently announced a transition in the leadership of the medical center, with Dean Jeff Balser succeeding Harry Jacobson as Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs. Jeff and I will hold a town hall meeting today at 4:00 p.m. in Langford Auditorium, giving us all a time to celebrate…

Posted by Web Communications on April 1, 2009 in News