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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 of…

Posted by Web Communications on February 2, 2010 in

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

A message from the chancellor on changes to senior management

Dear Colleagues, It is with regret that I write to let you know that Dr. Harry Jacobson, vice chancellor for health affairs, has informed me of his decision to retire, effective June 1, 2009. His retirement will be a significant moment in the history of the medical center, and I am personally grateful to Harry…

Posted by Web Communications on March 30, 2009 in News

Economy update

To Members of the Vanderbilt Community: As Vanderbilt’s community of faculty, staff and students advances its work in the new year, I want to update you on how our institution is doing during this ongoing economic downturn and ask for your continued support of the decisions and actions that must be made and taken to…

Posted by Web Communications on January 28, 2009 in News

A message to Vanderbilt alumni and friends on the economy from Chancellor Zeppos

Dear Vanderbilt Alumni and Friends: Earlier this week, I wrote to the Vanderbilt community of more than 12,000 faculty, staff and students to report on our university’s sound financial position in the midst of these days of volatile markets and concern over the health of our local, national and global economy. I assured them —…

Posted by Web Communications on November 14, 2008 in News

A message from the Chancellor about Vanderbilt and the economy

To the Vanderbilt Community: Over my 22 years of service, I have seen Vanderbilt, with ever-increasing pace, assume a leadership role among the greatest universities in the world. With our continued ascent, we are privileged now to set the highest of standards for those universities that are deeply committed to educating the brightest young people…

Posted by Web Communications on November 13, 2008 in News