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Joe Bandy came to Vanderbilt from Bowdoin College in 2010.  From 1996 to 2004, his research investigated the many ways that social movement organizations have responded to the economic changes associated with globalization, especially the efforts of U.S. and Mexican labor and environmental movements to forge coalitions in response to the social problems associated with export processing and free trade.  In this work, he received support from the National Science Foundation and the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego.  Since then, Joe has focused on administrative, research, and teaching projects related to faculty development around issues of civic engagement and environmental sustainability.  At the Center for Teaching, he oversees programs dedicated to these concerns, particularly junior faculty development, service learning and community engagement, and sustainability education.  In sociology, Joe continues to teach in the areas of the sociology of development, globalization, U.S. class relations, labor, and environmental movements.

He has published and presented his work widely, including  Coalitions across Borders: Transnational Protest and the Neoliberal Order , co-edited with Jackie Smith (2004).  Most recently his work has been featured in both Sociologists in Action and  The Engaged Sociologist.

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Leigh Z. Gilchrist is an Assistant Professor of the Practice and currently serves as the Director of the Undergraduate Human and Organizational Development (HOD) Program at Vanderbilt University, Peabody College.  She received her M.Ed. in Human Development Counseling and her doctorate in Higher Education Administration both degrees from Vanderbilt University. She has taught throughout the HOD program in courses that include health service delivery to diverse populations, small group behavior, mental health and mental illness, non-profit leadership, service-learning, and college student development.

Leigh’s research and practice interests focus on experiential education in both higher education and secondary education with particular focus on service-learning and community engagement. She has published and presented on a variety of topics exploring the relationship between academic service-learning and features such as academy-community partnerships, student development, servant leadership, small group dynamics, program design, and assessment.

As a consultant, Leigh works with local and national non-profits in the area of organizational systems, professional development, and program design. She also enjoys working with college and universities as well as K-12 institutions in developing their service-learning programs and their campus-community partnerships.

She lives in Brentwood, TN with her husband, two children, and dog.

Mitchell KornMitchell Korn  is one of our nation's most important leaders in community service through music and the arts, music and arts education strategic planning, advocacy and interdisciplinary education. He is the Founder and President of MitchellKornArts and the Vanderbilt University, Blair School of Music Adjunct Professor for Music and Community. He is a Bard College Senior Fellow and a former Harvard University Graduate School of Education and Yale School of Music lecturer. 

At Vanderbilt, Professor Korn teaches popular courses in career preparedness, non-profits, artistic production, advocacy, and arts administration. He also serves as the Ingram Scholars Advisor, Faculty VUceptor, and has been recruited for a four-year appointment to the Chancellor’s Committee on Religious Life. Recently, The University of California Press has designated Mitchell as a peer reviewer for academic publications concerning musicians and music careers.

As a noted advisor and arts education strategic planner, he has recently developed: the education plan for the new Cleveland School of the Arts, and a simultaneous arts education master plan for the Cleveland schools (CMSD) on behalf of a consortium of foundations including the Gund Foundation and the Cleveland Foundation; and education strategic plans for Hartford Symphony, Pensacola Symphony and Portland Symphony.  He is advisor to the Artistic Director/CEO of the Nashville Ballet in artistic and institution-wide affairs. Mitchell is also an advisor to composer Richard Danielpour and singer songwriter Eli Teplin. He continues in his 20th consecutive year as education advisor to the Cleveland Orchestra Learning Through Music Program.   

The Wall Street Journal has called him a “one man arts education industry.” Symphony Magazine called him a "music education guru." He has been a leading arts and arts education advisor for decades. He is credited with creating, designing and implementing the nation's most important and sustainable arts education initiatives including San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music (celebrating its 29th anniversary), New York's Annenberg Initiative (20th year), Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education -CAPE (21st year), The Cleveland Orchestra’s Learning Through Music (20th year), and many more. His extensive work for philanthropy includes the Heinz Endowment, MacArthur Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, GE Fund, and Dayton Hudson Foundation. He is the recipient of numerous awards and tributes including Parents Magazine “As They Grow” Award, honoring his efforts in "making the world a safer, healthier, and happier place for children."


Candice Lee

Candice Lee  Lee works in Vanderbilt's Athletics Department as Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator and her responsibilities include oversight for Women's Basketball, Lacrosse and Student Services (Compliance, Academic Support, Life Skills). A former women's basketball player at Vanderbilt, Candice earned her bachelor's degree in Human and Organizational Development in 2000. She later earned a master's degree in Human Development Counseling (2002) and a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Policy (2012), also from Vanderbilt. She and her husband, Sean, reside in Murfreesboro.


Carrie RussellCarrie Russell  earned her Bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law and her PhD from Vanderbilt University.  She has served Vanderbilt in the roles of Program Director for the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Pre-major Academic Adviser for the College of Arts and Science and is currently the Pre-law adviser for Vanderbilt University and the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Political Science.  Carrie serves as a Vanderbilt Visions leader, Ingram Scholar Adviser, faculty adviser for the Undergraduate Political Science Association and the Vanderbilt pre-law society and teaches Public Law and Public Policy courses as a Senior Lecturer.  Carrie’s research interests include Public Law, Judicial Politics and Race and Public Policy.  Before earning her PhD from Vanderbilt, Carrie worked as a Judicial Clerk for Davidson County Tennessee’s Twentieth Judicial District.

headshot of Brent TenerBrent Tener  currently serves as Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships at Vanderbilt University and has worked in financial aid for over 20 years. He has presented numerous times at national, regional and state associate conferences regarding electronic processes and how these may be used to enhance the day-to-day operation of the financial aid office. Prior to Vanderbilt, Brent worked at Wichita State University in Admissions and in Financial Aid.

He has been involved in varying capacities with the Tennessee Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (TASFAA), the Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SASFAA), and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). He has served as TASFAA President during the 2001-2002 year and as SASFAA President during the 2006-2007 year. He is a past member of the NASFAA Board of Directors and currently serves as a member of the NASFAA Reauthorization Task Force.

Brent graduated from Wichita State University with a B.A. in Political Science and a M.Ed. in Counseling, with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration. He and his wife Stacy have two sons: Mitchell, born in April, 2000; and Bryson, born in February, 2002. His hobbies include watching football, basketball and baseball. He is also actively involved in Boy Scouts, serving as Troop Scoutmaster.

Joe WehbyJoe Wehby  received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt after having taught children and youth with learning and behavior problems in a residential setting. For the past 25 years, he has been on faculty in Peabody’s Department of Special Education.  His research is in the areas of aggressive behavior among students with high incidence disabilities and teachers’ instructional strategies. During his time at Vanderbilt, he has received over $30 million in federal grant money. Currently, he is a principal investigator on an NIH funded grant investigating the effectiveness of a multi-component mental health and academic tutoring intervention for students with identified behavior difficulties and principal investigator on an Institute of Education Sciences grant investigating the impact of a classroom management program on the social and academic behavior of students with and at-risk for behavior problems. He is a Senior Advisor for the National Center on Intensive Intervention and has served as director of numerous doctoral training grants from the U.S. Department of Education. He is the director of the National Center for Leadership in Intensive Intervention, a doctoral training consortium funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. During his time at Vanderbilt, he has been active on a number of department, college, and university committees. Most recently, as a member of the faculty senate, he served as chair of the Student Life Committee. Wehby received an Affirmative Action Award for promoting disability awareness on campus, received the Butch Hill Award for Outstanding Teaching in Special Education, and was named as the 2014Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Cup for contributions to students outside the classroom. This past year, he received the 2015 Outstanding Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children and recently became chair of the Department of Special Education. Wehby has been a long time ISA for the Ingram Scholarship Program and served as Interim Director during the 2014-2015 academic year.


Gail Carr Williams  is Assistant Director of Community, Government and Neighborhood Relations in the Division of Public Affairs at Vanderbilt University. She is responsible for building community relationships on behalf of the university. Prior to her work with Vanderbilt, Gail had similar responsibilities at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Other career experiences have been as a Human Resources Employee Relations Specialist with emphasis on conflict resolution and mediation. Gail also practiced law in Oakland County, Michigan for ten years before relocating to Columbus.

Gail received her undergraduate degree from The University of Michigan in 1979 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit School of Law in December of 1982.

Gail is a member of the following public service and community boards: Metropolitan Transit Authority; OUR KIDS CENTER; University School of Nashville, The Arc of Davidson County, The Ladies’ Hermitage Association, Community IMPACT! Nashville and the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee.

Gail and her husband David reside in Nashville and have two children.

wadeFrank W. Wade is a native of Nashville and a 1972 graduate of Birmingham-Southern College with a degree in Business Administration. For the past 40 years Frank has been employed by Wade & Egbert Insurance Partners where he served as Vice-President. Wade & Egbert was acquired by Assured Partners in December 2012 and for the past 2 ½ years has been employed as a Private Client Advisor for Assured Neace/Lukens. A lifelong member of Westminster Presbyterian Church he is an Elder and has taught four-year-old Sunday School for the past 25 years.

Frank is the past President of the Nashville area Birmingham-Southern Alumni Association, Battle Ground Academy Alumni Association, and the Insurors of Nashville. He is past Board Chair of the Martha O'Bryan Center, the Tennessee Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Westminster School for Young Children, the Nations Ministry Center and Travellers Rest Historic Home and Plantation. He currently serves on the boards at Cumberland Heights and the Mary Parrish Center . He serves as Scholarship Chair for the Tennessee Bleeding Disorders Association,as well as Co-chair for the Cystic Fibrosis Life Trustees.

Frank has been a nominee for The Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Award, was Martha O'Bryan Volunteer of the Year in 2002, and was one of three finalists for Board Member of the Year.

Frank and his wife Sissy have two sons, Will, 32, is Head Men’s Basketball coach at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia ; and Jay, 28, is working on his doctorate in research methodology at Loyola Chicago.

Frank Wade works with sophomore Ingram Scholars as they explore local community and service organizations.

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Key Dates

  • December 1, 2017
  • Ingram Scholarship Program (High School Seniors) applications and letters of recommendation due.

  • TBD 2018
  • Ingram Scholarship Program (Current Vanderbilt First-Year & Sophomore Students) applications and letters of recommendation due.