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10 years of progress led by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos

"Today, we continue to respond to humanity's greatest challenges and provide solutions to its most pressing needs. … Our Vanderbilt community is one of welcome, inclusiveness and acceptance — firmly rooted in the principle of providing opportunities to all to flourish and succeed. We believe strongly in our people and the value that each student and faculty and staff member brings to our capacity to learn more deeply about ourselves and the world."

Nicholas S. Zeppos







Chancellor Nicholas ZepposNicholas S. Zeppos was named Vanderbilt University's eighth chancellor on March 1, 2008, after serving as a member of the faculty and in many leadership roles since first joining the Vanderbilt community as assistant professor of law in 1987. In his first 10 years as chancellor, he has lead the university forward as a top academic research university committed to delivering a world-class education to all qualified students. Zeppos's commitment to accessibility, affordability and diversity has built a united community strengthened by its many perspectives and driven by its Academic Strategic Plan. Explore this website to learn more about the advances, commitments and initiatives that have distinguished Vanderbilt over the past decade.


Immersion student

On 10th anniversary, Zeppos reflects on progress, creating a more civil society

As Nicholas S. Zeppos embarks on his second decade as Vanderbilt's chancellor, he envisions the university taking a more active role in strengthening democracy.

Educating tomorrow's leaders

Video: Vanderbilt University Connects »

Under the decade of leadership by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos, Vanderbilt University has made great strides in connecting technology and humanity. Innovation and imagination. Determination and distinction.

Watch as Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff come together to show off some of the amazing connections that make Vanderbilt University so great.

Investing in leading-edge research

Sorry Grumpy Cat, study finds dogs are brainier than cats

Breastmilk Sugars Found to Fight Bacteria

« Video: Big finds

The 20 most popular research stories of 2017 — New clues to Alzheimer's disease, helping kids deal with stress, understanding why our universe is three-dimensional and—of course—electric eels all appear in this year's look back on the research stories that were visited the most frequently on Vanderbilt's website in 2017.
View the top 20.

Building a welcoming, diverse community


Video: Honoring Perry Wallace's Legacy »

Hear about the impact SEC basketball pioneer Perry Wallace had on Vanderbilt and the country at the Nashville premiere of the documentary film, Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace.
Learn more.

Stewarding university resources

FutureVU, Vanderbilt's innovative land use plan, integrates campus planning with the university's commitment to inclusion and sustainability. Read more



The chancellor launched 'The Zeppos Report' podcast in 2017 to share timely insights and ideas from visiting experts, faculty and others on topics from politics to pop culture.



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