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Trans-Institutional Capital Planning: Humanities and Arts & Science Historic Core

BensonVanderbilt has launched a discovery process to understand its current facilities and capabilities that serve the Humanities, as well Social Sciences in the Arts and Sciences historic core of campus, and to develop a trans-institutional plan for the future. The assessment will involve interviews with the faculty, an existing buildings assessment, and a programmatic examination of future needs for related departments and capabilities. The process, led by Dean of the College of Arts & Science John Geer and supported by a multi-disciplinary committee, has been in the information gathering phase and is now moving to an engagement process with the community.

This effort is being conducted with advisement from DLR Group of Omaha, Nebraska. DLR Group is an integrated design firm delivering architecture, engineering, interiors, planning and building optimization for new construction, renovation, and adaptive reuse. The report from the Chancellor’s Committee on the Humanities, which reinforced the importance of humanities in understanding today’s complex society, will also inform the process.

Work began this spring, with facility inventories, conditions assessments and space utilization analyses conducted through the summer. Preliminary reports are expected this fall, to be followed by town halls and a comment period. The final reports and action plans are expected in Spring 2019.

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Advisory Committee

  • Magda Campos-Pons, Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair of Fine Arts
  • Phillip Franck, Associate Professor of Theatre
  • Emily Greble, Associate Professor of Slavic Studies, History, and European Studies
  • Julian Hillyer, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Claire King, Associate Professor of Communication Studies
  • Rupi Saggi, Principal Senior Lecturer in Economics
  • Mark Schoenfield, Professor of English
  • Douglas Shadle, Musicology, Blair School of Music
  • Gabriel Torres Colon, Senior Lecturer in American Studies
  • Tiffiny Tung, Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Bonnie Dow, Dean of Academic Initiatives, ex officio 
  • Ginger Hitts, Dean’s Office, ex officio


Process Timeline

April 2018 - Hire firm

Spring 2018 - Committee engagement

Spring/Summer 2018 - Preliminary interviews; facility inventory, conditions assessment and space utilization analysis; building/site visits

Fall 2018/Spring 2019 - Committee and community engagement, preliminary reports; discovery workshops; draft report; town hall

Spring/Summer 2019 - Follow-up action plan