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Community Relations

Develops and sustains relationships and creates opportunities to support Vanderbilt's mission of teaching, research, public service, and health care initiatives in cities and counties across the state.Contacts:

Alfred Degrafinreid II (
Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Relations
Division of Government and Community Relations
(615) 343-0556

Mary Pat Teague (
Associate Director, Government and Community Relations
(615) 322-8337

Gail Williams (
Associate Director, Community Engagement
(615) 322-4802

Lynn Maddox (
County Liaison
(615) 322-6384

Midori Lockett (
Chief Community Impact Officer
(615) 322-4493

Specific Community Relations programs include:

Community Impact FundThe staff works with university leadership to set priorities for community contributions.

Speakers Bureau:  The Vanderbilt Speakers Bureau assists in finding speakers for a variety of venues.

Inside Out of the Lunchbox
Vanderbilt University and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center present Inside Out of the Lunchbox, a series of lunchtime presentations and discussions about the performing arts.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt conducts non-credit college mini classes for seniors.

Summer Programs at Vanderbilt
Summer Programs at Vanderbilt is an online directory that consists of summer camps, programs, and activities for children grades K-12.

Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory
Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory is a special place of learning tucked high atop one of the tallest peaks near Nashville. Here, both school children and the public are introduced to the wonders of astronomy and space exploration.

Food for Thought
Vanderbilt University presents Food for Thought, a community lunchtime program.

Vanderbilt at the Library (website TBD)
"Vanderbilt at the Library", is a new program which launched February 2015; brings the university's professors into the counties to share their expertise monthly with the community on a wide range of research projects.

Community Connections

Supporting and enhancing community and business associations and community-based organizations is an essential part of maintaining vibrant relationships for any organization.  To that end, CNGR prides itself in supporting these groups:

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce (
Fairview Area Chamber of Commerce (
Franklin Tomorrow (
Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce (
Robertson County Chamber of Commerce (
Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce (
Spring Hill Kids Vote (
Williamson, Inc. (