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Chancellor’s Heart and Soul Staff Awards

Chancellor’s “Heart and Soul” Staff Appreciation Awards Program

A world-class teaching and research institution is comprised of many individuals whose mutual collaboration and individual day-to-day contributions are the foundation for the University’s achievements and legacy. In an effort to recognize members of the campus community who make Vanderbilt’s success a reality, the Office of the Chancellor created the “Heart and Soul” Staff Appreciation Awards. These awards are designed to personally acknowledge university staff for their outstanding individual work, as well as any specific activities or actions that demonstrate the spirit and mission that distinguish the Vanderbilt community.

The Chancellor’s Heart and Soul Award celebrates the selfless dedication that so many staff members have for the institution and the entire campus community. Their work at Vanderbilt is valuable, but it is their other contributions that make our University the special place that it is. Given annually by the Chancellor of Vanderbilt, these recognitions carry with them a $1,500 cash prize and an engraved piece of wooden artwork, hand-crafted by artist Brenda Stein.


Any current member of the university staff is eligible for the 2019-20 Chancellor’s Heart and Soul Staff Appreciation Award; up to five (5) letters of support may be submitted with each nomination. Letters of support should be emailed to Gwen Hopkins at  All nominees must be a current employee of Vanderbilt University.  Recipients of the awards are determined based upon written accounts describing their workplace values and contributions submitted by supervisors, managers and co-workers.  The chancellor personally presents the Awards during scheduled visits to the staff member’s department or division.

» Submit a nomination for the 2019-2020 Chancellor’s Heart and Soul Staff Appreciation Award.

The deadline to submit nominations is July 31, 2019.


2018-19 Chancellor’s Heart and Soul Staff Award winners

2017-18 Chancellor’s Heart and Soul Staff Award winners