Vice Provost for University Enrollment Affairs & Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Douglas L. Christiansen, Ph.D.



Douglas L. Christiansen holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration and is Vanderbilt University’s vice provost for university enrollment affairs, and dean of admissions and financial aid.  Christiansen is also an associate professor of public policy and higher education in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College.  Christiansen currently serves as the chair of the Governance Committee for the College Board’s Board of Trustees. He most recently served as past-chair of the Board, after serving four years as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the College Board.

In his role as vice provost, Christiansen serves as the university’s chief enrollment strategist, overseeing the offices of Undergraduate Admissions, Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, Academic Affairs Process and Solution Implementations, Student Accounts, University Registrar, Medical School Admissions, Graduate School Admissions, Analytics and Enrollment Strategy, and International Student and Scholar Services.  He leads the broader University Enrollment Affairs Leadership Team, which in addition to the offices listed above directly partners with the office for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (PIE), the Career Center, and the School of Nursing Office of Strategic Enrollment Management. Christiansen also oversees the Ingram, Chancellors, and Cornelius Vanderbilt scholarship programs and the POSSE Scholars program.

Christiansen and his team have led the integration of enrollment and admissions systems across the university to integrate academic systems that support institutional enrollment goals at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels.  He has been in higher education and admissions for thirty plus years.

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Douglas Christiansen
511 Kirkland Hall