Provost Susan Wente earned her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Iowa and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. She was recruited to Vanderbilt in 2002 as Professor and Chair of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. Since then, she has served in a number of roles, most recently as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences. In July 2014, she was named Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
Provost Wente runs an internationally respected research program that has made fundamental, groundbreaking discoveries in the mechanisms that control the selective, bidirectional exchange of proteins and RNA between the nucleus and the cytoplasm. She is also an esteemed educator, having mentored over 20 predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees. Provost Wente has received a number of awards and honors, including a coveted NIH MERIT award. In 2010, she was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Most recently, Provost Wente was named one of Ten Women to Watch by Nashville Medical News.
Provost Wente resides in Nashville, TN with her husband, geneticist Chris Hardy, and their two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and traveling with her family.