Chancellor Search Committee
Dennis C. Bottorff
Chairman, Search Committee
Bottorff, a trustee since 1990 and currently vice chairman of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust, received his B.A. in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt in 1966 and his M.B.A. from Northwestern University in 1968. He began his career in banking in 1968 at Commerce Union Bank in Nashville and in 1981 became president. In 1984, he was elected chairman and CEO of Commerce Union Corporation and Commerce Union Bank. When Sovran Financial Corporation acquired Commerce Union Corporation in 1987, Bottorff was named vice chair and director and became president and chief operating officer in 1989. When Sovran was acquired by NCNB to form Nations Bank in 1991, he returned to Nashville to become president and CEO of First American and served until January 2001 as a chairman for AmSouth Bancorporation, after it acquired First American in October 1999. He is presently chairman of Council Ventures, a venture capital firm.
Active in a number of civic organizations, Bottorff is chairman of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation and serves on the board of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Formerly, he chaired the boards of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, the United Way, the Chamber of Commerce, the Nashville Symphony, and the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. He also served on the board of the Sports Authority of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and on the Tennessee Titans Advisory Committee. Additionally, in the business arena, he has served on the boards of directors of the American Bankers Association, the Jack C. Massey School of Business, the Financial Services Roundtable and Leadership Nashville. He also serves as director for Ingram Industries, Dollar General and Benefit Informatics.
He and his wife, Jean, are the parents of Christian Todd and Dennis Chadwick and have three grandchildren.
A history major who graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 1969, Berger also holds a J.D. from Tulane University. He has been a trustee since 1997, having first served on the Vanderbilt Board of Trust from 1991 to 1993 as past president of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association.
Berger is owner and president of Darryl Berger Companies, Inc., a privately held real estate development and investment company. He serves as a member of the board of trustees of Tulane University, is former chairman of the board of the Isidore Newman School and serves on numerous boards and organizations in the New Orleans area. His awards include the Institute of Human Understanding's Outstanding People of New Orleans, the 1984 Gambit magazine's New Orleanian of the Year Award and the Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Award in 1985.
Berger and his wife, Louellen, are the parents of Allison, a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School, Darryl, Jr., a 2002 Vanderbilt graduate, Brandon, a 2003 Vanderbilt graduate; and Ryan, a 2005 Vanderbilt graduate.
Sinkfield has served as a member of the Vanderbilt Board of Trust since 1984. He is a senior partner with the Atlanta law firm of Rogers & Hardin, and his practice emphasis is in litigation and business dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. He earned his B.S. from Tennessee State University in 1968 and his J.D. from the Vanderbilt School of Law in 1971. He is a fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and is a member of the Georgia Bar Association, the Atlanta Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association and the Gate City Bar Association. He has served on the American Bar Association's Special Commission on Evaluation of Professional Standards and its standing committee on ethics and professional responsibility. He was special liaison to the ABA's standing committee on professional discipline and lawyers' responsibility for client protection. He has been listed for more than 10 years in The Best Lawyers in America, and he was listed in Atlanta Magazine's Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers for 2004-2007 and as third top vote getter in years 2004 and 2005.
He is married to Georganna Sinkfield, a member of the Georgia House of Representatives. They have two children, Rita Sinkfield Belin, an attorney with Skadden Arps in New York, and Richard H. (Rick) Sinkfield III, an attorney with Laureate Education, Inc., in Washington, D.C.
Dalton, a trustee since 2002, received his B.A. degree from Denison University in 1972 and earned his J.D. from the Vanderbilt School of Law in 1975. Beginning in 1975, Dalton practiced law with Sullivan & Cromwell. He joined Kidder, Peabody & Company, Inc., in 1979, and for the next nine years served in a variety of senior management positions, including chief financial officer and managing director in charge of the Equity Group. In 1988, he became president of Tudor Investment Corporation and its affiliates. He serves as chairman of Denison University's board of trustees, as well as co-chair of the Telluride Foundation and chairman of the Sheridan Arts Foundation in Telluride, Co. He is a member of the board of directors for The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis. He is also a director for Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Cathay Investment Fund, Tudor Investment Corporation and various Tudor affiliates.
He and his wife, Susan, are the parents of Erik (Vanderbilt '03), Kurt (Tufts '04), and Christopher (Vanderbilt '09).
Nancy Perot Mulford
Mulford, elected as a trustee in 2003, received her B.A. from Vanderbilt in 1982. While at Vanderbilt, she was president of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, served as a member of the Honor Council, and was chosen "Lady of the Bracelet" her senior year. After graduating from Vanderbilt, Mulford held several positions in the Reagan White House, including special assistant in the Office of Presidential Personnel, before joining the Perot Group as a business analyst. Today, she is a writer and contributing editor for Veranda magazine and a community volunteer.
Her Vanderbilt activities include serving as the Dallas-area director of the Vanderbilt Alumni Club and chairing her class effort for Reunion 1997. She is also a member of the College Cabinet and the Heard Society and served on the Alumni Board of Directors. In addition to her work with Vanderbilt, Mulford is a member of the board of directors of the Episcopal School of Dallas and the Perot Foundation. She is a former member of the boards of the Salvation Army and The University Hospital of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She also served on the board of directors and executive committee of the Dallas Symphony Association.
Mulford and her husband, Clay, reside in Dallas with their four sons Ross, Price, Ben and Clayton. They are active members of the St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church.
J. Lawrence Wilson
Wilson, a trustee since 1987, graduated magna cum laude with a B.E. degree in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University and earned an M.B.A. with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. As a student at Vanderbilt, he was a member of Tau Beta Pi. As an alumnus, he has served as a director of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association and the Engineering Alumni Association. From 1985 to 1986, he was president of the Engineering Alumni Association. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1958 until 1961.
He is the retired chairman and chief executive officer of Rohm and Haas Company, a manufacturer of specialty chemicals. Wilson held those positions from 1988 to 1999. Wilson is a member of the boards of directors of the Vanguard Group, Cummins Inc., AmerisourceBergen Corporation and is a trustee of the Culver Educational Foundation. In 1988, he was elected Distinguished Alumnus of the Vanderbilt School of Engineering, and, in 1994, he received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Drexel University. Wilson was awarded the 1999 Chemical Industry Medal by the Society of Chemical Industry. He is past chairman of the Chemical Manufacturers Association and of the Philadelphia High School Academies, and he is a past member of the Business Roundtable, the President's Export Council and the Harvard Business School Board of Associates.
He and his wife, Barbara, are the parents of Larry and Alex, both of whom graduated from Vanderbilt.
Orrin H. Ingram
Ingram, a trustee since 2003, received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1982. Ingram is president and chief executive officer of Ingram Industries, Inc., a Nashville-based, privately held company with three operating divisions: Ingram Book Group, Ingram Barge Company and Lightning Source. He is also chairman of Ingram Barge Company.
He serves as chairman of the board of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and also as chairman of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Board. He is a board member for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, the executive board of United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, Ingram Micro, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee and the Center for Nonprofit Management, and he is chairman of the United States Polo Association.
Ingram is the father of Orrin H. (Hank) Ingram III and Virginia. He and his wife, Lee Ann, reside in Franklin, Tenn.
John R. Ingram
Ingram was named vice chairman of Ingram Industries Inc., in June of 1999. He also serves as chairman of Ingram Book Group, Lightning Source Inc., and Ingram Digital Group. He was previously president of Ingram Book Company, vice president of purchasing for Ingram Micro Europe, and director of purchasing for Ingram Micro Inc. in Santa Ana, Calif. Ingram joined Ingram Industries Inc. in 1986. Early in his career, he served as the assistant treasurer of Ingram Industries and as president of Tennessee Book Company, a subsidiary of Ingram Book Group.
He earned his B.A. in English from Princeton University in 1984 and received his M.B.A. in 1986 from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Ingram is a member of the board of directors of Ingram Micro Inc., the National Book Foundation and the National Center for Learning Disabilities. He serves on the board of trustees for Vanderbilt University, Montgomery Bell Academy and The Harpeth Hall School in Nashville. In addition, Ingram is chairman of two capital campaigns, Vanderbilt Athletics and Currey Ingram Academy. He is also a member of the Charles Davis Foundation.
Ingram is married with four children.
Heather M. Souder
Souder, a political science and communications double-major, graduated from Vanderbilt in 2004, the same year she was elected to a four-year term as a Young Alumni Trustee. Following graduation from Harvard Law School, she joined the law firm of Baker Botts, LLP in Washington, D.C., as an associate.
Active in many sectors of the Nashville and Vanderbilt communities, Souder primarily dedicated herself to women's issues, political activism and bridging the gap between Vanderbilt students and the Nashville community. Souder was a Chancellor's Scholar, served as a mentor to fellow minority students and participated in phone-a-thons and letter-writing campaigns in order to recruit a more diverse student body to the university. In addition, she served as a Vuceptor for transfer students, a mentor for refugee families in the Nashville area and a tutor at the Cayce Learning Center. She was a member of Mortar Board, Gamma Beta Phi, Lambda Pi Eta and Omicron Delta Kappa. She was also the 2002 recipient of the Benjamin Mays Award and won second place in the 2001 Frank K. Houston Speech Contest.
Ingram has been widely recognized as a leader in business, civic organizations and the arts. She is chairman of the board of Ingram Industries Inc., one of America's largest privately held companies, including Ingram Book Group, Ingram Marine Group, Lightning Source Inc. and Ingram Digital Group. She previously served as director of public affairs of the company. Ingram is chairman of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust and serves on the boards of Ingram Micro, Regions Financial Corp., and Weyerhaeuser Company.
In 1999, she received the prestigious "Mary Harriman Award" from the Association of Junior Leagues International. She was inducted into Junior Achievement's National Business Hall of Fame and also the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame. The Business Committee for the Arts Inc., bestowed its national "Leadership Award" on her that year. In 2001, Ingram was named "Tennessean of the Year" by The Tennessean newspaper, in recognition of her philanthropy and leadership in the state's business and cultural life. She had previously chaired the 1996 Tennessee Bicentennial Commission and was the guiding force in the creation of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, which she continues to serve as a board member. She also currently serves on the boards of the Nashville Ballet, the Nashville Opera Association and the Tennessee Repertory Theatre. She is the chairman of The KeyBoard for Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music and is a former member of the advisory board for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Ingram is chairman of the Nashville Symphony Association board of directors and she was vice chairman of the historic campaign to develop Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the orchestra's spectacular new home in downtown Nashville.
In 2006, Ingram published Kenneth Schermerhorn: He Will Always Be the Music, a biography of the late conductor and music director of The Nashville Symphony. She and D.B. Kellogg in 2004 published Apollo's Struggle: A Performing Arts Odyssey in the Athens of the South, Nashville, Tennessee, a history of the arts in Nashville and the South. In 2001, she published a family memoir entitled E. Bronson Ingram: Complete These Unfinished Tasks of Mine, the story of her late husband.
A 1957 graduate of Vassar College, Ingram served on Vassar's board of trustees from 1993 to 2005. She is a former board member of Baxter International, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Harpeth Hall School in Nashville and Ashley Hall School in Charleston, S.C. She has served on the boards of the United Way of Nashville and Middle Tennessee and was chairman of the United Way's Alexis de Tocqueville Society. She also serves as a member of the advisory board of INROADS/Nashville.
Ingram has four children and 12 grandchildren.
Hall, a trustee since 1987, graduated magna cum laude with an engineering degree from Vanderbilt University in 1955. He was co-captain of the 1954 football team and was named Academic All-American.
After serving in the military and spending a short period with Exxon Corporation, he joined Ashland Inc., in 1957 as a chemical engineer. He became a vice president in 1966, a director in 1968 and president of Ashland Chemical Company in 1971. In 1974, he was elected executive vice president of Ashland Inc. In September 1981, he was elected chairman and chief executive officer. He retired from the position of chief executive officer in September 1996 and from the position of chairman of the board in January 1997. He is a member of the board of directors of GrafTech International and United States Enrichment Corporation and recently retired from the boards of JPMorgan Chase, Humana Inc., and CSX Corporation.
Hall is a member of the Vanderbilt School of Engineering Committee of Visitors and serves on the board of curators of Transylvania University. He is chairman of the Common-wealth Fund for Kentucky Education Television, chairman of the Blue Grass Community Foundation and a past chairman of Leadership Kentucky. He is a past chairman and counselor-for-life of The Conference Board. He served as Kentucky's chairman for the United States Olympic Committee from 1987 to 1997. He also served as chairman of the Vanderbilt Board of Trust from 1995 to 1999. He was elected to the Verizon Academic All-America Hall of Fame in 2001.
He is married to Donna Stauffer Hall and they have one son, John L. Hall.
Monroe Carell Jr.
Carell, a trustee since 1991, graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1959 with a degree in electrical engineering. For some 40 years, he directed the growth and administration of Central Parking Corporation until its sale in May of 2006. CPC was the largest parking company in the world and a member of the New York Stock Exchange until becoming a private company with the 2006 sale.
Carell serves as a member of the board of directors for Tennessee Botanical Garden and Museum of Art at Cheekwood, as a trustee of the Urban Land Institute and as a former director of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. A member of the board of the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, he was chairman of a capital campaign for the new Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and continues to serve as the chairman of a $1.75 billion national campaign for the university. In January 2000, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee honored Carell by presenting him with the sixth annual Joe Kraft Humanitarian Award. Carell was also the recipient of the 2001 School of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award, and he received the 2004 Tennessee Hospital Association Meritorious Service Award for philanthropist/volunteer. The new Vanderbilt Children's Hospital is named the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Carell was made a Knight of St. Gregory by Pope John Paul II. He and his wife, Ann, have three daughters, Julia, Edith and Kathryn, and six grandchildren.
Chief of Staff
Blake, former chair of the psychology department, received his doctor of philosophy from Vanderbilt. Among his many honors are the 2000 Earl Sutherland Prize for Achievement in Research and his 2006 election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a fellow in the Kennedy Center for Research in Human Development and a member of the Vanderbilt Vision Research Center and the Vanderbilt Center for Cognitive and Integrative Neuroscience. Blake will provide staff support and counsel to the Search Committee during the search process.