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Associate Provost and Dean of Students

Mark Bandas is associate provost and dean of students. He graduated from Connecticut College, Magna Cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a B.A. in philosophy. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt.

Mark has administrative oversight for the offices of Housing and Residential Education; Student Activities and Events; Community Leadership and Intercultural Programs and Services; Health and Wellness; and Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. He also serves as a lecturer in philosophy for the College of Arts and Science and as a lecturer in higher education administration for the Peabody College of Education and Human Development.

He has held faculty and administrative positions at a number of institutions including the University of Richmond, Truman State University and Tennessee State University. Since 1999, Mark has assisted in the planning and implementation of the College Halls program at Vanderbilt. The first phase of this program is the first-year student Commons, which opened in 2008. Mark’s teaching and research interests include learning communities, American philosophy, philosophy of education, and philosophy of religion.