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Chancellor's Insignia (Chain of Office)


The Chancellor’s chain of office was worn for the first time on May 17, 1978.

Design: Robert A. McGaw, then secretary of the University
Artist: Kent Baldwin, Nashville, Tenn.

The Chancellor’s chain of office is a silver and gilt collar that displays several emblems of the university. The parallel chains of sterling silver are surmounted by alternating Vanderbilt shields and modified Founder’s Medals. The medallion, which hangs from the parallel chains, is an impression of the Seal of the University. The decagonal sterling silver frame of the medallion symbolizes the university’s 10 schools.