My family and I are humbled by the support and prayers we have received over the past few weeks.
The support from the Williamson County community, including parents, former parents, students, Williamson Inc. and the business community, and Williamson County Schools employees has been overwhelming. I also appreciate the support of the Williamson County School Board members who have worked with County Mayor Rogers Anderson and Williamson County Commissioners.
I want to thank the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Board of Education for allowing me to get to know them and for allowing me to explore the opportunity of working for boys and girls in Nashville. I was impressed with the warm reception I received. It is evident the Board’s focus is on student success, and I am encouraged about the future of MNPS.
After careful consideration, I have made the decision to remain in Williamson County Schools in order to continue our journey to becoming a district recognized nationally in the academics, athletics, and the arts.
Vanderbilt University has named Frank Dobson, director of VU's Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, as an assistant dean of students, effective Aug. 1.
Dobson will continue to serve as director of the center and as faculty head for Gillette House residence hall in the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, VU's first-year student living-learning community, according to a release.
The Johnson Black Cultural Center was established in 1984 in honor of Bishop Joseph Johnson, the first African American to graduate from Vanderbilt. Open to the entire Vanderbilt community, the center also hosts scholarly and community events.
“Frank Dobson and the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center play an invaluable role in our undergraduate student community,” Cynthia Cyrus, VU vice provost for learning and residential affairs, said in the release. “And we wanted to further cement that relationship with our Office of the Dean of Students, where he will continue to work on efforts related to diversity and inclusion, particularly as they relate to helping our community develop a deeper appreciation of the contributions of Africans and African Americans.”
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Vanderbilt University Medical Center has partnered with two nonprofits — the Human Vaccines Project and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative — to study the human immune system.
Through the partnership, VUMC will become the project's first scientific hub, which will include efforts to decipher the basic components of the human immune system. The multi-year commitment seeks to enhance the design of future vaccines and immunotherapies.
"We are pleased to be the Project's flagship scientific partner," Dr. Jeff Balser, Vanderbilt vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the school of medicine, said in a release. "Vanderbilt's longstanding commitment to vaccine research and development will allow us to make valuable contributions toward accelerating the creation of new vaccines and therapies necessary to fight significant diseases."
The partnership is the second recent announcement related to AIDS research for Vanderbilt. Last month, the university received a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a Tennessee Center for AIDS Research with Meharry Medical College and the Tennessee Department of Health.
Belmont University officials announced today the recently opened Wedgewood Academic Center has become the first building on a Tennessee-based university campus to achieve platinum LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The building, which anchors the southeast corner of the intersection of 15th and Wedgewood avenues, opened 10 months ago.
Of note, the Wedgewood Academic Center also has become the first LEED for New Construction project in Nashville to achieve the platinum level, the highest in the LEED ratings system, according to a release.
The 186,000 square foot Wedgewood Academic Center (see here courtesy of Google Maps) sits above a five-level underground parking garage and represents Belmont’s largest building to date. The facility houses more than 50 undergraduate programs from three different colleges as well as 20 science labs, classrooms and offices, two food service venues, multiple green roofs and a chapel.
Nashville-based Earl Swensson Associates designed the structure.
Belmont President Bob Fisher said in the release that universities should be “at the forefront of issues impacting society.”
“My son Rob, who is an environmental consultant, frequently reminds me that sustainability and conservation are critical topics facing us today and facing the future generations we’re educating on this campus,” Fisher said. “It’s imperative that we model a strong commitment to managing resources, as Belmont’s done with its Conservation Covenant, recognizing that prioritizing ‘green’ initiatives reflects good stewardship and offers long-term benefits to our operations, the environment and our community’s health and satisfaction.”
Vanderbilt University Medical Center has landed a permit for interior renovations at its Vanderbilt University Hospital observation unit, according to a Davidson County Register of Deeds document.
R.C. Mathews Contractor will handle the work, with the permit valued at $8.1 million.
With no discussion, the Metro Nashville School Board responsible for 87,000 students and nearly 11,000 employees on Tuesday night promoted an officer deemed unqualified to run the school system to the district's top job.
The School Board voted 5-4 to promote Chief Academic Officer Jay Steele to director of schools. The move is effective July 1, after the month-end retirement of current Director Jesse Register.
The interim position does not disqualify Steele from going after for the job on a permanent basis, according to several members of the board who voted for him. Steele had applied to become a permanent replacement, but was told by officials with Chicago-based search firm Hazard Young Attea and Associates they would not recommend he make the first cut of candidates due to lack of experience, he said. Board members say that, depending on who appears on a short list of candidates set to be unveiled July 6, there could be room to consider Steele.
Steele, credited for growing the career academies program in Metro high schools, said he is still interested in the director job on a permanent basis and was surprised the board voted him in as interim leader on Tuesday.
“I was not asked to be the interim. But I am humbled by the board members who voted for me tonight and I’ll serve them and this district the best I can,” he said after the meeting.
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