Office of the Provost Staff

Terrie Barrow, Administrative Operations Manager

Terrie Barrow, Administrative Operations Manager

Terrie Barrow is Administrative Operations Manager in the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Barrow came to Vanderbilt in 2008 as an Office Assistant in the Dean of Students office and held several positions within the department before joining the Provost’s office. She moved to the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center as an Administrative Assistant I in 2009, moved into an Administrative Assistant II role, supporting both the Women’s Center and the Office of LGBTQI Life in 2011 and, beginning in May of 2014, helped with the transition of Project Safe out of the Women’s Center into its own space, the Project Safe Center for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response. She continued to support Project Safe and LGBTQI Life through March of 2016.

Barrow earned her bachelor’s degree in business and the social and behavioral sciences from Middle Tennessee State University.

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Xavier Purdy, Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Projects

Xavier Purdy, Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Projects

Xavier Purdy is the Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Projects in the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. As Deputy Chief of Staff, he is responsible for providing strategic and tactical leadership for executive level projects. Joining Vanderbilt in December of 2021, Xavier works with both internal and external stakeholders to successfully facilitate the implementation of critical projects and initiatives supporting the goals set by the Provost and the Chief of Staff.

Xavier accumulated over 11 years of project management experience prior to joining Vanderbilt. He most recently established and oversaw​ a Project Management Office (PMO) for a New York based private consulting firm who specializes in the development and implementation of accounting technology for non-profits. Xavier holds a B.S (2009) from Tennessee Technological University’s College of Business and an M.S.A (2017) from Belmont University’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

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Shirley Schettino, Senior Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Shirley Schettino, Senior Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Shirley Schettino is Senior Executive Assistant and Office Manager in the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.  In her role, she manages the Provost’s calendar, briefings, and conference room, and is the first point of contact in the Provost’s Office, while also providing support to the Chief of Staff.

Schettino joined Vanderbilt University in 2013 as an Office Assistant to the Vice Provost for University Enrollment Affairs and Dean of Admissions. She later served as Assistant to the Associate Deans of the Library and joined the Provost’s Office in 2014.

Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Schettino lived on Long Island, New York, where she served as Assistant to the Pastor at Our Lady of the Snow Roman Catholic Church in Blue Point, managing the parish calendars and composed the weekly news bulletin. Schettino also served as the social events director, co-chair of the stewardship committee, and as a cantor in the Music Ministry.

Schettino studied Human Services at Trevecca Nazarene University.

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Schyler Turrin, Project and Program Manager

Schyler Turrin, Project and Program Manager

Schyler Turrin is the Project & Program Manager in the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. In this role, she manages special projects and initiatives, implements standard operating procedures and processes, supports capital projects, oversees the administration of the Provost funding programs and leads the Provost area Graduate Assistant program.

Turrin joined Vanderbilt University in 2016 as a Program Coordinator in the Office of Cross-College Initiatives. She earned her B.S. in Biological Anthropology from the George Washington University and her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt's Peabody College of Education and Human Development.

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