Biography of CFO Brett Sweet
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As Vanderbilt University's Vice Chancellor for Finance & Chief Financial Officer, Brett Sweet is responsible for the financial stewardship of the University, including capital and operating budgets, financial affairs and reporting, procurement and debt/treasury management.
Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Sweet was dean of administration and finance of Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In this role he oversaw the financial and administrative operations of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, which encompasses Harvard College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Division of Continuing Education.
From 2004 to 2008, Sweet served as executive vice president of finance and administration and chief financial officer at Baylor College of Medicine. He was responsible for the college's finances, capital markets management, information technology, human resources, facilities, research administration, business operations and investment management.
From 2000 to 2004, Sweet was a principal with The Boston Consulting Group in the United States and in Europe, where his emphasis was on competitive strategies and change management in large, multinational organizations as well as academic medical centers and colleges.
Sweet, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, earned a master of business administration from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.
He spent five years as a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy and served as a special projects officer with the National Security Agency.
Sweet lives in Nashville with his wife, Meredythe, and two daughters, Logan and Avery.