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Cynthia J. Cyrus, Ph.D. 
Vice Provost for Learning and Residential Affairs

CJCCynthia J.  Cyrus is vice provost for learning and residential affairs at Vanderbilt University. Cyrus' work focuses on the synergy between discovery and learning, and coordination across all years of the undergraduate residential experience as additional phases of faculty-led living and learning communities emerge. 

Cyrus has served in the Office of the Provost since 2011. During that time, she led the university's partnership with the online learning platform Coursera, where enrollments have recently passed the 1,000,000 mark, and launched the Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning (VIDL), which facilitates campus discussions of online and technologically facilitated learning, promotes research in these areas, and sustains Vanderbilt's ongoing presence in the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) environment. Cyrus also oversaw a revision of the Vanderbilt honor system and facilitated the development of a unified 10-school statement of the honor code. She was deeply involved in the planning and launch of Warren and Moore Colleges, in which she coordinated several committees of faculty, staff, and students to establish the ideas of the residential colleges for returning students; hired the colleges' new faculty directors; and selected the first cohort of student residents who will create the "engaged community" that is a hallmark of the program.

Cyrus joined the Vanderbilt University  faculty in 1994 and currently is professor of musicology at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music, where she also served as associate dean of the collegiate program from 2004-2010. She received her B.A. in music from Pomona College and a M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research addresses questions of literacy, particularly musical literacy, in the late medieval and early modern Europe and the history of women's monasticism. Recent books include The Scribes for Women's Convents in Late Medieval Germany (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009), and Received Medievalisms: A Cognitive Geography of Viennese Women's Convents (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Assisted by Kristan Kilcoyne

Mark Bandas, Ph.D.
Associate Provost and Dean of Students


Mark Bandas is associate provost and dean of students. He graduated from Connecticut College, Magna Cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a B.A. in philosophy. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt. 

Mark has administrative oversight for the offices of Housing and Residential EducationStudent Conduct and Academic Integrity, Student Centers, Greek Life, Student Organizations, Campus Events, International Student and Scholar Services, Leadership Development and Multicultural Affairs, The KC Potter Center, Active Citizenship and Service, Arts and Creative Engagement, Student Health and Wellness, and Conference Services. He also serves as a lecturer in philosophy for the College of Arts and Science and as a lecturer in higher education administration for the Peabody College of Education and Human Development.

He has held faculty and administrative positions at a number of institutions including the University of Richmond, Truman State University and Tennessee State University. Since 1999, Mark has assisted in the planning and implementation of the College Halls program at Vanderbilt. The first phase of this program is the first-year student Commons, which opened in 2008. Mark’s teaching and research interests include learning communities, American philosophy, philosophy of education, and philosophy of religion.

Assisted by Judy Moss

Susan M. Barone, Ph.D.
Executive Director of International Student Programs


Susan Barone is executive director of international student programs. She serves as the director of the English Language Center and has oversight of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS). Susan’s depth of knowledge in global education initiatives in higher education, coupled with her appreciation for developing robust support networks to facilitate student academic success, will help all Vanderbilt international students flourish. 

Barone’s scholarly research investigates the intersection of applied linguistics and narrative medicine and the connection between clinician elicitations and patient narratives in intercultural health care contexts. In her 23 years at Vanderbilt, she has been instrumental in developing discipline-specific language programs at Peabody College, the School of Engineering, the law school, the School of Nursing, the School of Medicine and the Owen Graduate School of Management. Her professional interests include needs analysis, program design and medical discourse analysis.                                Barone presents at international conferences, and her publications include articles, book chapters and the textbook American Legal English.

Cat Boose, B.S.                                                                           Administrative Operations Coordinator, Vice Provost of Learning and Residential Affairs

Cat Boose

In her role as Administrative Operations Coordinator, Cat Boose acts as the Financial Unit Manager, managing the administrative, operational, and business activities of the Vice Provost for Learning and Residential Affairs. She has filled a number of complex operational and executive management roles, and previously worked at Vanderbilt Law School as their Administrative Services Coordinator.

Boose earned her bachelor’s degree in Business from Middle Tennessee State University with a minor in Entrepreneurship



Elizabeth C. Boyd, M.Ed.
Program Manager, Vice Provost for Learning and Residential Affairs


Elizabeth Boyd joined the Office of the Vice Provost for Learning and Residential Affairs as a project manager in May 2015. Prior to moving to Nashville, Elizabeth served as a project manager in the Office of Development at Yale University.

She earned her B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt's Peabody College of Education and Human Development.



Derek Bruff, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Teaching

BruffDerek Bruff is director of the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching and a senior lecturer in the Vanderbilt Department of Mathematics. As director, he oversees the Center’s programming and offerings for faculty and graduate students, helping them develop foundational teaching skills and explore new ideas in teaching and learning. He also consults regularly with campus leaders about pedagogical issues, seeking to foster a university culture that supports effective teaching. His research interests include educational technology, visual thinking, and social pedagogies, and he teaches courses on cryptography, linear algebra, and statistics. Learn more about Derek’s work, including his 2009 book Teaching with Classroom Response Systems: Creating Active Learning Environments, on his blog, Agile Learning.

Assisted by Juliet Traub

Laura Flippo                                                                                Human Resources Specialist, Vice Provost for Learning and Residential Affairs

Laura Flippo serves as the HR Specialist to the Vice Provost for Learning and Residential Affairs.Laura

Flippo joined the Office of the Vice Provost in 2016 after working as the General Counsel and Quality Assurance Coordinator for Therapetic Interventions, Inc., where she was responsible for legal and human resources functions. She received a Juris Doctor from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University in 2010 and was admitted to the Tennessee Bar that same year. Prior to law school, she managed client support services and assisted with planning and staging of community events for Hall Strategies. She earned a B.S. in Mass Communication from Middle Tennessee State University in 2005.


Brian Heuser, Ed.D, M.T.S.
Faculty Director of Ingram Scholarship Program

Brian Heuser Brian Heuser serves as the assistant professor of the practice of international education policy in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations, and serves as Director for the Ingram Scholarship Program. Brian oversee all aspects of the program’s activities and operations, including the selection of Ingram Scholars, development of seminars and workshops, and supervision of the scholars’ fulfillment of program requirements.

Heuser is also responsible for fostering continued engagement with Ingram Scholarship Program alumni and members of the Ingram family. The robust Ingram Scholar alumni network, consisting of some 228 Vanderbilt graduates, remains engaged in program activities through regular reunions and student mentorship opportunities. The hallmark program also remains a priority for the Ingram family, who since 1993 has continued to offer guidance and support and actively engage with current Ingram Scholars and alumni.

Emma Huelskoetter
Graduate Assistant, Vice Provost for Learning and Residential Affairs

GA_EmmaHuelskoetter Emma Huelskoetter joined the Office of the Vice Provost for Learning and Residential Affairs  as a graduate assistant in January 2019. Emma is a first-year graduate student in the Education Policy M.P.P. program at Vanderbilt's Peabody College of Education and Human Development.  She earned her B.A. in English from Davidson College in 2014 and served as a high school college adviser for 4 years before coming to Vanderbilt. 



Gary Kimball, MBA
Director of Undergraduate Business Minor

GaryKimbal Gary Kimball is the director of the Undergraduate Business Minor serves as the chief administrator and spokesperson for the minor, guiding its operational, curricular and programmatic success.

The Undergraduate Business Minor is Vanderbilt’s first minor not solely housed in one of the university’s four undergraduate schools/colleges, but rather administered by a governing board under the leadership of a director. Innovative in structure, the program exposes students to fundamental business concepts that are then grounded in liberal learning through elective courses across the four undergraduate schools/colleges.

Kimball received both his undergraduate and MBA degrees from Vanderbilt. His research and teaching interests focus on leadership philosophies, corporate financial management and financial markets. He is the recipient of the Chancellor Heard Greek Life Professor of the Year (2016) and the Kappa Alpha Professor of the Year (2009).

Captain Donald May
Commanding Officer, Naval ROTC


Captain (CAPT) Donald G. May serves as the Commanding Officer of the Vanderbilt University Naval ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps)The purpose of the NROTC Program is to educate and train qualified young men and women for service as commissioned officers in the Navy's unrestricted line, the Navy Nurse Corps and the Marine Corps.

CAPT May has a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University and a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from Air University in Montgomery, Alabama.  He earned a second Masters Degree in Public Administration from Auburn University. He taught the Leadership & Ethics, Leadership & Management and Leadership Practicum courses at the NROTC Unit at Miami University. 

Assisted by Jim Barlow


Lieutenant Colonel Dustin Mitchell                                  Commanding Officer, Army ROTC

University Army ROTC mission is to train and commission officers of character and quality into the United States Army.
LTC Mitchell has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and has completed a Master in Business Administration at Western Kentucky University.  His military training and education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Air Assault School, Ranger School, the Infantry Basic and Captians Career Courses, the Cavalry Leader's Course and General Staff School.  

Assisted by Kenneth Walden