Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

G.L. Black, J.D., M.Ed


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G.L. Black serves as Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. G.L. provides strategic leadership for the Office of the Dean of Students (DOS) to advance the University’s mission of teaching, research, and service by fostering academic and social networks through which students develop as intentional learners and global citizens; advocating for students through collaboration with administrative and academic units to plan, develop, sustain, and improve co-curricular programs supporting student success; advising on matters concerning students, student organizations, student services and programs, and policy development; and designing a safe, secure, accessible, and inclusive environment promoting students’ academic success, wellbeing, and personal and professional development.

G.L. oversees the operations of the Office of Housing and Residential Experience; the Student Care Network, including the Center for Student Wellbeing, the Office of Student Care Coordination, and the University Counseling Center; the Office of Student Accountability, Community Standards, and Academic Integrity; the Project Safe Center for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response; and the Student Engagement and Leadership offices, including Arts and Campus Events, Greek Life, Student Centers, Student Organizations, Leadership, and Service, and the Student Center for Social Justice and Identity.  G.L. is a primary drafter of University policies and community standards for students and student organizations, and trains faculty, staff, students, and student organizations on a variety of student-related topics and issues.  He previously served as Chair of the Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation (CARE) Team and Welfare Panel to support students of concern, and oversaw the University’s Honor System, student appellate processes, and student and student organization compliance with mandatory programs and activities.

G.L. received his B.A. from the University of Florida, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his M.Ed. from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College.  G.L. began his career as a litigator at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York with a focus on criminal defense and investigations, labor and employment, and antitrust work, and also practiced at Shutts & Bowen LLP in Florida prior to coming to Vanderbilt.  At Vanderbilt, he has worked as an Instructor in Law in the Legal Research and Writing Program at Vanderbilt Law School, as the Associate Director of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, and as an Assistant Dean of Students and the Director of the Office of Student Accountability, Community Standards, and Academic Integrity.  More recently, he has served as Associate Dean of Students for Community Standards and Student Support as well as Assistant Provost and Deputy Dean of Students.

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G.L. Black
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2301 Vanderbilt Place
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