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Vice Provost for Career Advancement and Engagement and the Evans Family Executive Director of the Career Center

Search launch date: October 21, 2020

Summary: Vanderbilt University is elevating its career engagement resources for students, alumni and employers by making the leader of career advancement and engagement activities a direct report to the provost. The vice provost for career advancement and engagement also will serve as the Evans Family Executive Director of the Career Center.

The new vice provost also will be a key strategic partner working with all academic deans and other vice provosts to support efforts across Academic Affairs for current students, as well as with the vice chancellor for development and alumni relations for support and connection with alumni.

The vice provost position will oversee the direction of the Career Center while building out further support of employer and corporate relations and alumni career engagement for the university.

Among the vice provost’s new responsibilities will be expanding current relationships with employers and alumni through meaningful engagement, coordinating closely with career services in the university’s professional schools, establishing recruiting relationships with new and more diverse employers, and increasing connectivity between students and potential employers.

External engagement will be an important focus for the new hire, who will oversee the development and ongoing efforts of a new set of university activities in prioritized locations outside of Nashville.

Search Committee members:

  • Douglas L. Christiansen (chair), vice provost for university enrollment affairs and dean of admissions and financial aid;
  • Fares Ali, Class of 2022, College of Arts and Science, political science/sociology; founder, Launch Mentorship;
  • Andrea Capizzi, associate professor of the practice of special education and director of undergraduate studies, Department of Special Education, Peabody College;
  • Elizabeth Catania, assistant professor of neuroscience and director of undergraduate studies, Department of Neuroscience, College of Arts and Science;
  • Somto Dimobi, BE’19, Young Alumni Leader, Alumni Association Board; associate consultant, ‎Bain & Company, Houston;
  • Jennifer R. Frist, BS’93, investor and philanthropist, co-endower of the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation;
  • Kathleen Gould, senior associate dean for biomedical research, education and career development, Louise B. McGavock Chair, professor of cell and developmental biology, School of Medicine;
  • Puja Jagasia, Class of 2021, College of Arts and Science, medicine, health and society/neuroscience; chair, Academic Affairs Committee, Vanderbilt Student Government;
  • Eric Johnson, Ralph Owen Dean and Bruce D. Henderson Professor of Strategy, Owen Graduate School of Management;
  • Olivia Kew-Fickus, assistant provost and executive director for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness;
  • Steven Madden, BS’91, Vanderbilt University Board of Trust member; CEO, Apex Heritage Group;
  • Rosevelt Noble, BS’97, MS’99, PhD’03, assistant dean of residential colleges, director of the Bishop Johnson Black Cultural Center, faculty head of Stambaugh House, senior lecturer in sociology;
  • Cynthia B. Paschal, senior associate dean for undergraduate education, associate professor of biomedical engineering, associate professor of radiology and radiological sciences, School of Engineering;
  • Conner Searcy, BA’97, founder and managing partner, Trive Capital.

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