State Government Relations

Vanderbilt’s State Government Relations team represents Vanderbilt University before the Tennessee General Assembly and state government.

We strive to tell the Vanderbilt story effectively to state officials as we successfully advance our legislative and administrative priorities. Through our proactive engagement, we seek to expand and strengthen partnerships with state and community leaders to positively impact state policy. We work to foster relationships with state policymakers on important issues affecting higher education while serving as Vanderbilt’s voice on legislative and regulatory matters. 

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Our Team


Assistant Vice Chancellor for State Government Relations Daniel Culbreath, Sen. Bill Powers, R-Clarksville, and Department of Veterans Services representative Peter Roth at Vanderbilt University on Nov. 13. Photo credit: Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt Hosts Tennessee Lawmakers

Vanderbilt University welcomed lawmakers from the Tennessee General Assembly’s Veterans Caucus and representatives from the Tennessee Department of Veterans Services on Nov. 13 at the Laboratory for Systems Integrity and Reliability.

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On the Hill: Invest. Engage. Influence.

On the Hill

September 2023 State Update:

General Assembly Completes First Regular Session; Firearm Legislation; Special Session; State Funding Secured for TN GO Initiative

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Vanderbilt in Your District

Our District Impact Report is an interactive dashboard showcasing the university’s economic, social and cultural contributions to communities across the state. See a district–level breakdown of Vanderbilt’s impact.

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Our Partners

Vanderbilt University is proud to establish strong partnerships with other organizations and associations, fostering collaborative efforts to address shared challenges and promote progress in education and beyond. Through these strategic alliances, we leverage our expertise, resources and research capabilities to drive meaningful impact and contribute to the betterment of our community and state.