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'Dores of Distinction

dores of distinction

The 'Dores of Distinction Alumni Advisory Board is a select group of Vanderbilt graduates who have distinguished themselves in their careers, and shown a demonstrated ability to shape lives and the futures of their communities and our world. These members offer candid perspective and valuable counsel as they engage personally with leadership and the university community in examining its current course and envisioning its bright future.

The 'Dores of Distinction are graduates representing a variety of disciplines, and serve a minimum term of three years.

Meet the current Advisory Board members!


We exist to effect meaningful change at Vanderbilt, moving the university forward in its strategic initiatives.  As an alumni board, we will advise and support in service of the entirety of the university community through our unique student, professional and identity lenses.  

2019–2020 Focus Area

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.  The ‘DoD will focus on initiatives that create an opportunity for an equitable experience at Vanderbilt, allowing for the entire community of students, faculty, staff and alumni to thrive.

Board Structure


The ‘DoD will include alumni representation from all four undergraduate colleges and schools and when possible, the graduate and professional schools.


  • Administrative: 2019–2020 Co-Chairs Charleson Bell, BE’07, MS’08,  and Wade Munday, MDiv’08
    Will work collaboratively with Tina Smith,  associate vice chancellor for strategic initiatives for development and alumni relations, to coordinate annual alumni board meeting and quarterly virtual meetings, group communications, annual report, nomination and selection process for members and other related administrative functions
  • Faculty: 2019–2020 Co-Chairs Mary Muchendu, MSN’13, DNP’15, and Tiffany Tieu, BMus’12
    Will work collaboratively with the areas of the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs, Inclusive Excellence and Faculty Senate regarding opportunities to provide assistance with, but not limited to, faculty recruiting, feedback and evaluation of the faculty tenure/promotion process and faculty performance/evaluation process. 
  • Staff: 2019–2020 Co-Chairs Nate Marshall, BA’12, and Kimberly Mulligan, PhD’12
    Will work collaboratively with the areas of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Administration and the University Staff Advisory Council (USAC) to provide assistance with, but not limited to, the vetting of potential initiatives that impact staff (such as benefits and opportunities for promotion), act as a sounding board regarding communication of initiatives, and provide feedback regarding initiative effectiveness. 
  • Students and Alumni: 2019–2020 Co-Chairs Belinda Grant-Anderson, BS’13, MBA’90, and Klarissa Oh, MTS’08
    Will work collaboratively with the areas of the Dean of Students and Development and Alumni Relations to provide assistance with, but not limited to, the vetting of potential initiatives that impact students and/or alumni (such as AcFee process, Experience Vanderbilt, Homecoming and Reunion) and provide feedback regarding initiative effectiveness. 

Membership Term

Three years, with term beginning February of each calendar year.  Nomination and selection to occur late summer/early fall.  Nominations will be submitted by current ‘DoD membership and the Alumni Associations (AAB, AVBA, etc.) to Vanderbilt Development and Alumni Relations Leadership to make final member selection.  Nominations must be accompanied by biographical summary.

Membership Criteria

  • Alumni (attended and graduated from Vanderbilt:  undergraduate, graduate and/or professional)
  • Five years out from graduation date
  • Must have completed a minimum of two of the following in the past five years:
    • Made a financial gift to Vanderbilt.
    • Attended/participated in a Vanderbilt chapter event.
    • Attended/participated in a campus event:  Commencement (other than their own), Homecoming, Reunion, Volunteer Leadership Weekend, etc.
    • Served as an advisor to a Vanderbilt college/faculty team, board of visitors or in some type of advisory capacity to one of the university’s undergraduate, graduate or professional colleges or schools.

In addition must be willing to participate in the following:

  • Willing and able to attend an annual board meeting.
  • Willing and able to participate in periodic virtual meetings via video/audio conference calls during the year.
  • Give $1,000 or more to any area of Vanderbilt University between July 1 and June 30.