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Meet the OSLD Team

Krystal N. Clark, M.Ed.

Krystal’s Top 5 Talent Themes: 1. Input 2. Achiever 3. Harmony 4. Significance 5. Maximizer

Krystal Clark is the Director for the Office of Student Leadership Development at Vanderbilt.  Clark is a native of Portsmouth, VA. She spent her undergraduate years at The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA where she double majored in Sociology and Psychology. Upon graduation she decided to pursue a career in Student Affairs and earned her Masters of Education in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland, College Park. After four years as the Program Coordinator for Fraternity & Sorority Life at Duke University, she made the move to Nashville, TN to serve as the Associate Director of Greek Life at Vanderbilt University. In 2015, Krystal was promoted to Director of the Office of Student Leadership Development.

Leadership has always been a passion for Krystal as she was a very involved student leader, co-taught leadership development courses while in graduate school, and served as a fellow for the National Leadership Symposium. Clark served as a member of the Leadership Engagement Alliance at Duke University and the Leadership Taskforce at Vanderbilt.  She serves as a facilitator and speaker for leadership development programs at colleges/universities, nonprofits, and for inter/national fraternal organizations.

Krystal is a proud member of Delta Delta Delta Fraternity serving as a member of the Inclusion Taskforce and in the Nashville Alumnae Chapter as a member of the Eve of Janus Planning Team, she is currently Vice Chair of the Belcourt Theatre Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the Grants Committee for the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Women’s Fund, Chair of YP Nashville, a Friend of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and a Friend of the Nashville Ballet.  Clark has also served as the Past President of the Junior League of Nashville, a former Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, a former Board of Directors members of Girls on the Run Middle Tennessee.  She was a finalist for the 2012 Nashville Emerging Leader Award in the field of Education as well as the Junior League’s YP 2015 Nominee for the Nashville ATHENA Award. Krystal is also a member of the 2015 class of Nashville Emerging Leaders a 2016 Fellow and a member of the 2017 Class of Leadership Nashville. You will often find her laughing loudly and desk dancing while at work. When she is not working or volunteering she is probably on social media, at a concert, shopping, binge watching all of Netflix, seeing movies at the Belcourt,  working out at all of the incredible fitness studios in Nashville, acting as a residential tourist, and sending out Doodle polls to plan fun events with friends.

You can contact her on social media at @krystalnclark (Instagram) or @clarkkn (Twitter).  Learn more about her and her work at she and posts pretty often on Facebook.

Keaton Smith

Keaton’s Top 5 Talent Themes: 1. Woo 2. Developer 3. Connectedness 4. Positivity 5. Ideation

Keaton serves as the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Student Leadership Development. He was raised in Brentwood, TN, and has lived there for 18 years. Keaton graduated in May 2017 with a degree in Management with a Healthcare Analytics Specialization from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. If he is not in the office, you will probably find Keaton hiking, camping, woodworking, or eating hot chicken. This is his first year in the Higher Education Administration Program with Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and he is extremely excited to be here and serve as many students here as possible.

Keaton is very passionate about college students and creating an atmosphere for them to grow personally, professionally, and academically. He hopes that through this experience, he can both be impacted by Vanderbilt, and also create an impact of his own.

His office door is always open in Sarratt 339, so stop by and see him!