Graduate School Dean and Vice Provost for Graduate Education

SEARCH CLOSED: André Christie-Mizell named vice provost for graduate education and dean of Vanderbilt’s Graduate School

Summary: Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente has appointed a committee to conduct a search for the next dean of the Graduate School, who will also hold the new position of vice provost for graduate education.

The university is seeking a leader who will continue to foster a collaborative Graduate School support system across multiple departments and programs at Vanderbilt as well as central provost resources such as the Career Center, University Counseling Center and the Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness. Further, the successful candidate will ensure equity and excellence in keeping with Vanderbilt’s culture of interdisciplinary collaboration and collegiality.

Search Committee members:

  • Susan R. Wente (chair), provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs
  • James P. Byrd, professor of American religious history, associate dean for graduate education and research chair of the Graduate Department of Religion, Divinity School;
  • Duco Jansen, professor of biomedical engineering and neurological surgery and senior associate dean for graduate education and faculty affairs, School of Engineering;
  • Terrah Foster Akard, associate professor of nursing and pediatrics and director of the Ph.D. in Nursing Science Program, School of Nursing;
  • Jeannette Mancilla-Martinez, associate professor of special education and associate dean for academic affairs and graduate education, Peabody College;
  • Kathy Gould, Louise B. McGavock Chair, associate dean for biomedical sciences, professor of cell and developmental biology and director of Graduate Student Support, School of Medicine;
  • Julian F. Hillyer, director of graduate studies and professor of biological sciences, College of Arts and Science;
  • Sharece Thrower, interim director of graduate studies and associate professor of political science, College of Arts and Science;
  • Nancy Reisman, professor of English, College of Arts and Science;
  • Joshua Passantino, president of the Graduate Student Council;
  • Logan Northcutt, president of the Organization of Black Graduate and Professional Students;
  • John Hindle, BA’68, PhD’81, former Vanderbilt trustee and a member of the Graduate School External Advisory Committee;
  • Charleson Bell, BE’07, MS’09, PhD’15, research assistant professor of biomedical engineering, School of Engineering, and chair of the Dores of Distinction advisory board.