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Gillette House

Gillette House is named after Frank E. Gillette who was a longtime trustee of Peabody College.

Born in Kansas in 1878, he came to Nashville in 1903 and became one of the leading businessmen and investors in town, as well as a generous philanthropist. With interests ranging from agriculture and education to finance and sports, he maintained a farm in Williamson County, won a Nashville golf championship, and also served as trustee of Meharry Medical College, a historically African American medical school in Nashville.

One of Faculty Head of House Carol Ziegler’s favorite quotes: “I believe that one can never leave home. . . . We may act sophisticated and worldly, but I believe we feel safest when we go inside ourselves and find home, a place where we belong and maybe the only place that we really do.” “We have the brains and the heart to face our futures bravely.  Taking responsibility for the time we take up and the space we occupy.” – Maya Angelou


Signature programming at Gillette House includes the following events:

  • Gillette Gelato: Every Monday at 8 pm, join your fellow housemates for a yummy treat!
  • Faculty Dinners: Enjoy dinner with a special guest in a relaxed atmosphere. These events allow students opportunities throughout the year to interact with faculty members, administrators, and Nashville civic leaders.
  • Tea with Dr. Z: Every other Monday at 4 p.m. come have tea/chai/coffee with Dr. Z and special guests.

House Leadership

House Programming Advisory Council

The Gillette House Programming Advisory Council (HPAC) is comprised of four Vanderbilt student leaders who are residents of Gillette, each dedicated to the development of the house community. Working alongside the faculty head of house and gathering input from their fellow residents, the Gillette HPAC generates programs that enrich the learning environment of the house.

Follow Gillette house

Follow @gillettehousevu on Instagram for an inside look at life in Gillette House.