150 years

Pioneering Leaders

In the spirit of the school’s motto, Crescere aude, or “dare to grow,” Vanderbilt’s leaders find their own paths and team up to break new ground

Vanderbilt’s history is filled with inspiring stories of impact.

Friendship and Direction


K.C. Potter made campus more inclusive and welcoming as dean of residential and judicial affairs

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Walter Murray

Source of Inspiration


Walter Murray left an indelible mark as a Vanderbilt student, Board of Trust member and administrator

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No Barriers


Susan Gray paved the way for Head Start by pioneering early childhood education

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Immeasurable Imprint


Professor John Lachs sparked an enduring passion for philosophy among countless students

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