Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

C. Cybele Raver

C. Cybele Raver
Provost C. Cybele Raver

C. Cybele Raver is Vanderbilt's Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

An esteemed developmental psychologist whose leadership has spanned research, clinical, academic and administrative settings, Provost C. Cybele Raver partners with Chancellor Daniel Diermeier in shaping Vanderbilt's priorities and future. Raver oversees all deans, faculty, staff, programs and initiatives across Vanderbilt's 10 schools and colleges. She also oversees the university's research enterprise, high-impact models of faculty recruitment, promotion and retention, and nationally innovative frameworks for student affairs (across enrollment management, student health and wellness, and career services) and residential life.

Raver is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science as well as a fellow of the National Academy of Education. She is the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Psychology and Human Development at Peabody College, with her secondary appointment in the Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Science.

Since joining Vanderbilt in 2021, Raver has catapulted forward the university's scholarship and research operations by recruiting visionary leaders, launching new pathways for faculty support and establishing processes to facilitate bold and collaborative discovery across the university. She has worked to empower Vanderbilt undergraduate, graduate and professional students by expanding the Career Center, elevating resources for student health and wellness, investing in greater financial and institutional support for graduate students.

Raver previously served as deputy provost at New York University, where she worked to advance interdisciplinary research and provided leadership for faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. In addition to serving as the provost liaison for several institutes across NYU, she also played a key role in allocating $3 billion in annual expenditures and in strengthening the university's reputation and marketing position by upping the standards of faculty hiring, advancement, tenure and retention. At NYU, Raver also held the positions of senior vice provost for academic analytics and graduate academic affairs and vice provost for faculty and research affairs. In addition, she was the director of the Institute for Education Sciences-funded Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training and the inaugural director of the Institute of Human Development and Social Change.

Throughout her career, Raver has received prestigious awards from the American Psychological Association and the William T. Grant Foundation, among other organizations, and has been granted support from the MacArthur Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Spencer Foundation that totaled more than $24 million in funding. Raver led her own federally funded research laboratory for more than 20 years before joining NYU's Office of the Provost, and her research focuses primarily on early learning and development within the contexts of poverty and public policy.

Raver has trained the next generation of emerging scholars and innovators (including postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students) in designing and testing bold, creative solutions to pressing policy problems through her work in the classroom, in the research lab and in brokering university-community partnerships. Before holding a Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair at Vanderbilt, she was a faculty member at NYU for 13 years. She has also held faculty positions at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy and in Cornell University's Department of Human Development.

Beyond her roles in higher education, Raver advises various local and federal government agencies, working with them to promote healthy development and learning among children ranging from birth to the third grade.

A native of New York City, Raver earned her B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard University, where she studied psychology and filmmaking. She later earned her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Yale University.

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