Commencement Director Search Committee

Search closed: Tierno named director of Vanderbilt Commencement


The Director of Commencement and Special Events is part of the Office of the Provost at Vanderbilt University and is a key leader responsible for the overall production of the commencement week’s main events and ceremonies and for coordinating the schedule of all related events. The position is also responsible for a series of other special events that take place over the course of the academic year. The Director will be advised by and work closely with a University Marshal and a standing Provost-appointed faculty commencement committee.

Search Committee


  • Sally Parker, assistant provost


  • Teresa Anderson, executive director, special events
  • Angela Covington, manager, reservations and events
  • Dwayne Elliott, director, campus arts and events
  • Daniel Gervais, Milton R. Underwood Chair and professor of law
  • Vicki Greene, Stevenson Chair and professor of physics; Faculty Senate chair
  • Dawn Hale, assistant to the dean, Peabody College
  • Lori Hemmer, chief of staff, Office of the Chancellor
  • Cynthia Paschal, associate professor of biomedical engineering; University Marshal
  • Mark Petty, assistant vice chancellor of plant operations
  • Christina Robbins, director of operations, residential colleges