Board of Trust

The Board of Trust’s mission is to help Vanderbilt University achieve its goal to become one of the top ten research and teaching universities in America and to be admired for its service to the community. 

The Mission Statement of Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the

  • quest for new knowledge through scholarship,
  • dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach,
  • creative experimentation of ideas and concepts.

In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly

  • Intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry,
  • equality, compassion and excellence in all endeavors.


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      Emerita/Emeritus Trustees

      • Mary Beth Adderley (La Jolla, CA)
      • Michael L. Ainslie (Palm Beach, FL)
      • Lee M. Bass (Fort Worth, TX)
      • Darryl D. Berger (New Orleans, LA)
      • Dennis C. Bottorff (Nashville, TN)
      • Lewis M. Branscomb (La Jolla, CA)
      • Thomas F. Cone (Nashville, TN)
      • Cecil D. Conlee (Atlanta, GA)
      • Mark F. Dalton (Palm Beach, FL)
      • Claiborne P. Deming (El Dorado, AR)
      • John R. Hall (Lexington, KY)
      • H. Rodes Hart (Brentwood, TN)
      • Joanne F. Hayes (Gulf Stream, FL)
      • Martha R. Ingram (Nashville, TN)
      • J. Hicks Lanier (Atlanta, GA)
      • Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C. (Notre Dame, IN)
      • Jackson W. Moore (Memphis, TN)
      • Courtney Clark Pastrick (Bethesda, MD)
      • Ross Perot, Jr. (Dallas, TX)
      • Kenneth L. Roberts (Nashville, TN)
      • Joe L. Roby (New York, NY)
      • Eugene B. Shanks, Jr. (Greenwich, CT)
      • Richard H. Sinkfield (Atlanta, GA)
      • Cal Turner (Franklin, TN)
      • J. Stephen Turner (Nashville, TN)
      • Eugene H. Vaughan (Houston, TX)
      • Dudley Brown White (Nashville, TN)
      • W. Ridley Wills II (Nashville, TN)
      • J. Lawrence Wilson (Bonita Springs, FL)
      • William M. Wilson (Nashville, TN)
      • Rebecca Webb Wilson (Memphis, TN)

      Code of Bylaws

      I wish to call the attention of our Board to the propriety of revising our By-Laws. Of nothing am I more fully persuaded than of the evil consequences of retaining in the code a Law which you dare not enforce...

      in his report to the Board, 1890

      Incorporating amendments through April 30, 2021

      Chapter I. Board of Trust

      Membership and Procedures of the Board of Trust
      Officers of the Board of Trust
      Committees of the Board of Trust

      Chapter II. Immediate Government of the University

      General Provisions
      The Chancellor
      The Faculties
      The Faculty Assembly and the Faculty Senate

      Chapter III.

      Appendix A

      Contact Us

      Office of the Board of Trust 
      211 Kirkland Hall
      Nashville, TN 37240
      Phone: (615) 322-1813
      Fax: (615) 322-6060

      Maribeth Geracioti
      Secretary to the Board of Trust

      Maribeth Geracioti currently serves as Secretary to the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust. She reports to the Chancellor and is responsible for managing all aspects of Vanderbilt Board affairs, including the institutional governance structure and effective functioning of the Board and eight standing committees. She is responsible for developing the historical record of the Board and other governance policies and procedures adopted by the Board, including the Code of Bylaws, all Board committee charters, the minutes and additional resolutions and processes as required. She provides high-level assistance and works on behalf of the Chancellor, Board Chairman, Trustees, Vice Chancellors, other senior administration and external consultants on institutional governance and other complex and cross-institutional matters which include Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

      Ms. Geracioti began her career at Vanderbilt in the Office of University Affairs and General Counsel in 1990. She is a graduate of Northwestern University.

      Lauren Rodgers
      Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trust and Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Chancellor

      Lissa Allen
      Program Coordinator to the Board of Trust