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University Leadership

The university is governed by a Board of Trust which includes 24 Trustees, each of whom can serve two five-year terms.The chancellor, who is chosen by the Board of Trust, is the chief executive officer of the university.

Officers of the Board

Complete list of members.

General Officers

Susan R. Wente

Susan R. Wente

Interim Chancellor; Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Biography  ·  Website  ·  Email  ·  615-322-4219

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

  • Academic Affairs
  • Admissions
  • Centers & Institutes
  • Colleges & Schools
  • Commencement
  • Dean of Students
  • Enrollment Management
  • International Affairs
  • Research
  • Residential Life
André L. Churchwell

André L. Churchwell

Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

Biography  ·  Website  ·  Email  · 

  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 
Steve Ertel

Steve Ertel

Vice Chancellor for Communications

Biography  ·  Website  ·  Email  ·  615-343-1790

  • University Relations
  • Strategic Communications
  • Digital Strategies
  • Marketing Solutions
  • Brand Engagement and Governance
Nathan Green

Nathan Green

Vice Chancellor for Government and Community Relations

Biography  ·  Website  ·  Email  · 

  • Federal Relations
  • State Government Relations
  • Community Relations
  • Dyer Observatory
Anders W. Hall

Anders W. Hall

Vice Chancellor for Investments and Chief Investment Officer

Biography  ·  Website  · 

  • Asset Allocation
  • Internal Portfolio Management
  • Investment Administration
  • Investment Research
  • Risk Management
  • Split Interest Trusts
Eric C. Kopstain

Eric C. Kopstain

Vice Chancellor for Administration

Biography  ·  Website  ·  Email  ·  615-875-8617

  • Business Services
  • Contract & Grant Accounting
  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Facilities
  • Human Resources
  • Mobility
  • Public Safety
  • Student Access Services
  • Title IX
Candice Storey Lee

Candice Storey Lee

Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletic Director

Biography  ·  Website  · 

Student Athletics

John M. Lutz

John M. Lutz

Vice Chancellor for Information Technology, Interim Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations

Biography  ·  Website  ·  Email  ·  615-875-8851

Information Technology

  • Business Operations and Transformation
  • Enterprise Infrastructure & Security Services
  • Enterprise IT Service Delivery
  • Academic IT Service Delivery
  • Medical Center IT Service Delivery

Development and Alumni Relations

  • Alumni Relations
  • Annual Giving
  • Corporate & Foundation Relations
  • University Development
  • Parents Office & Programs
  • Planned Giving
  • Campaign Operations
  • Campaign Communications
Ruby Shellaway

Ruby Shellaway

Vice Chancellor, General Counsel and University Secretary

Biography  ·  Website  ·  Email  ·  615-322-8965

  • Compliance
  • Conflict of Interest
  • General Counsel Office
Brett C. Sweet

Brett C. Sweet

Vice Chancellor for Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Biography  ·  Website  ·  Email  ·  615-343-6735

  • Business Income Tax Reporting
  • Capital & Debt Planning
  • Cash Management
  • Disbursement Services
  • Financial Planning & Budgeting
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Systems
  • Procurement Services

Academic Leadership

Jeffrey R. Balser, M.D.

Jeffrey R. Balser, M.D.

Ph.D., Dean of the School of Medicine

Biography  ·  Website  ·  Email  ·  615-322-5191

Mark D. Bandas, Ph.D.

Mark D. Bandas, Ph.D.

Associate Provost and Dean of Students

Biography  ·  Website  ·  Email  ·  615-322-6400

Vanessa Beasley, Ph.D.

Vanessa Beasley, Ph.D.

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of Residential Faculty

Biography  ·  Website  ·  Email  ·  615-875-8838

Camilla Persson Benbow, Ed.D.

Camilla Persson Benbow, Ed.D.

Dean of Peabody College

Biography  ·  Website  ·  Email  ·  615-322-8407

Douglas L. Christiansen, Ph.D.

Douglas L. Christiansen, Ph.D.

Vice Provost for University Enrollment Affairs and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Biography  ·  Website  ·  Email  ·  615-322-6702

Philippe M. Fauchet, Ph.D.

Philippe M. Fauchet, Ph.D.

Dean of the School of Engineering

Biography  ·  Website  ·  Email  ·  343-3773

John G. Geer, Ph.D.

John G. Geer, Ph.D.

Dean of the College of Arts and Science

Biography  ·  Website  ·  Email  ·  615-322-2851

Tracey George, J.D.

Tracey George, J.D.

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Biography  ·  Website  ·  Email  ·  615-343-6979

Chris Guthrie, J.D.

Chris Guthrie, J.D.

Dean of the Law School

Biography  ·  Website  ·  Email  ·  615-322-9800

M. Eric Johnson, Ph.D.

M. Eric Johnson, Ph.D.

Dean of Owen Graduate School of Management

Biography  ·  Website  ·  Email  ·  615-322-2316

Lawrence J. Marnett, Ph.D.

Lawrence J. Marnett, Ph.D.

Dean of Basic Sciences (Vanderbilt University School of Medicine)

Biography  ·  Website  ·  Email  ·  615-322-0907

Linda D. Norman, D.S.N.

Linda D. Norman, D.S.N.

Dean of the School of Nursing

Biography  ·  Website  ·  Email  ·  615-343-8876

Padma Raghavan, Ph.D.

Padma Raghavan, Ph.D.

Vice Provost for Research

Biography  ·  Website  ·  Email  ·  615-322-6155

William Robinson, Ph.D.

William Robinson, Ph.D.

Interim Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives

Biography  ·  Website  ·  Email  ·  615-322-1507

Emilie M. Townes, Ph.D.

Emilie M. Townes, Ph.D.

Dean of the Divinity School

Biography  ·  Website  ·  Email  ·  615-343-3960

Mark Wait, D.M.A.

Mark Wait, D.M.A.

Dean of Blair School of Music

Biography  ·  Website  ·  Email  ·  615-322-7660

Mark Wallace, Ph.D.

Mark Wallace, Ph.D.

Dean of the Graduate School

Biography  ·  Website  ·  Email  ·  615-322-2809