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Nicholas S. Zeppos Named Chancellor

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On March 1, Nicholas S. Zeppos became the first chancellor in more than 70 years to be selected from within the ranks of the university. Formerly interim chancellor, as well as provost, vice chancellor for academic affairs and professor of law, Zeppos was unanimously elected by the Board of Trust to serve as the eighth chancellor of Vanderbilt.

Then-Vanderbilt Student Government President Cara Bilotta, a dual major in Spanish and medicine, health and society, pointed out that Zeppos “has been working to make Vanderbilt a better place since the day that we (students) were born.” 

Zeppos joined Vanderbilt in 1987 as an associate professor of law and also served in a variety of administrative posts. Since 2002, he has overseen the university’s undergraduate, graduate and professional education programs as well as research in liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, education, business, law and divinity. As provost and vice chancellor, he chaired Vanderbilt’s budgeting and capital planning council, led all fundraising and alumni relations efforts across the institution, and oversaw the dean of students and dean of admissions. 

Zeppos has led a number of initiatives at Vanderbilt, including the planning process for The Commons; the Strategic Academic Planning Group; innovative efforts in undergraduate admissions and financial aid; and the development of new programs in Jewish studies, law and economics, and genetics, among others. 

Photo by Daniel Dubois.

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