Dean of College of Arts and Science

Search closedPolitical scientist and strategic leader John Geer named dean of College of Arts and Science


This committee is charged with finding a leader with the vision and experience to continue to advance the College of Arts and Science’s priorities in teaching, scholarship, faculty development and trans-institutional collaboration. The committee will work with the national search firm Russell Reynolds to identify the best possible candidates. For more information, go to their website. Nominees can be sent to

Search Committee


  • Camilla Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development


  • Jennifer Coppola, Vanderbilt graduate student in psychological sciences
  • Samuel Edwards, Vanderbilt undergraduate majoring in medicine, health and society
  • Andrew Hoine, BA’96 (economics), member of the Board of Visitors, College of Arts and Science
  • George Hornberger, director, Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment, University Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth and Environmental Science; and Craig E. Philip Professor of Engineering
  • Sarah Igo, director of American Studies and associate professor of history, law, political science and American studies
  • Cindy Kam, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor, professor of political science and professor of medicine, health and society
  • Larry Marnett, dean of basic sciences, School of Medicine; University Professor of Biochemistry, Chemistry and Pharmacology; and Mary Geddes Stahlman Professor of Cancer Research
  • Josh McGuire, director of faculty affairs and senior lecturer in aural skills, Blair School of Music
  • Dana Nelson, department chair and Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English and professor of women’s and gender studies
  • Renã A.S. Robinson, Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips Chancellor Faculty Fellow, associate professor of chemistry and associate professor of neurology
  • Sean Seymore, Chancellor Faculty Fellow, professor of law and professor of chemistry
  • Benigno Trigo, department chair of Spanish and Portuguese and professor of Spanish