Development and Alumni Relations


Development and Alumni Relations is a highly collaborative team whose mission is to connect with alumni, parents, and friends of Vanderbilt, and partner with them to support and engage with the university in ways that are meaningful to them. The impact of these partnerships is felt across campus. Our philanthropic supporters help fuel Opportunity Vanderbilt-our renowned need-based financial aid program-and support our faculty, residential colleges, athletics, pathbreaking research, and so much more. Our community also supports one another by giving back through gifts of time and expertise-serving as volunteers, mentors and beyond, to ensure all Commodores have the tools they need to flourish.

Vanderbilt's culture, known as The Vanderbilt Way is demonstrated in our motto: Crescere aude, Latin for Dare to Grow. It's behind every groundbreaking discovery made by our faculty members. It lives amongst our coaches and student-athletes as they continually raise the bar for their own accomplishments. It's exemplified by our staff members, who are dedicated to our culture of radical collaboration and excellence, which helps create an environment in which we all thrive. And it is especially present among our alumni who support our university through resources and engagement to help future Commodores reach their full potential.

In DAR, we endeavor to model The Vanderbilt Way in all that we do, and we are grateful for the opportunity to partner with you to advance Vanderbilt's mission of excellence. I encourage you to connect with our team to find out how you can make a meaningful and lasting impact on your Commodore community.

John M Lutz
Vice Chancellor, Development and Alumni Relations

Career Opportunities

Vanderbilt University staff are collaborative, talented and diverse, and we welcome those who are interested in learning and growing professionally. Vanderbilt strives to create, foster and sustain opportunities through:

  • Working and growing together as a community-we are One Vanderbilt.
  • Providing a work environment where every staff and faculty member can be their authentic and best self, while providing the resources and opportunities to learn and grow.
  • Encouraging development, collaboration, and partnership both internally and externally while fostering the value that every member of the Vanderbilt community can lead and grow regardless of title or position.