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Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) Committee

Committee Charge

The Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) Committee reviews matters pertaining to the health insurance plan required for all students and post-doctoral fellows at Vanderbilt University. The committee shall be convened and chaired by the Vice Provost for Learning and Residential Affairs, and composed of representatives from the Graduate School, Dean of Students Office, Student Health Center, and the University Benefits Team. Additionally, one undergraduate, one graduate, and one international student serve on the SHIP Committee. The SHIP Committee meets annually with representatives of the University’s student insurance broker to review student health insurance enrollments and usage, and to discuss the impact of federal health insurance regulations on international student status. Each Spring, the SHIP Committee advises the administration on premium costs and plan design for the upcoming academic year.

Committee Members

  • Cynthia Cyrus, vice provost for learning and residential affairs, professor of musicology, affiliated faculty in women’s and gender studies, Office of the Provost (chair)
  • Terri Armstrong, director, Benefits
  • Mark Bandas, associate provost and dean of students, Office of the Dean of Students
  • Jennifer Bischoff, director, Financial Operations and Planning
  • Eric Bymaster, associate vice chancellor for finance, Financial Operations and Planning
  • Barbara Carroll, associate vice chancellor and chief human resources officer, Human Resources
  • Dara Dixon, clinic manager, Student Health Center
  • Louise Hanson, director, Student Health Center
  • Janiece Harrison, director, Sponsored Programs
  • Patricia Helland, associate dean of students, Office of the Dean of Students
  • Lauren Kysar, financial officer, Office of the Dean of Students
  • Irene McKirgan, assistant director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Graduate School
  • Mary Michael-Woolman, assistant dean, Graduate School
  • Kurt Shepherd, senior finance director, Office of the Provost
  • Mark Wallace, dean, Graduate School
  • Catherine Wood, executive director, Benefits
  • Corey Hayford, graduate student representative
  • Kevin Ifiora, international student representative
  • Jocelyn Roth, Vanderbilt Student Government representative

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