Vanderbilt vice chancellor to step down next year

Administration chief joined university in ’98, took current job in ’09

Vanderbilt University Vice Chancellor for Administration Jerry Fife has told his bosses he will retire from his post next June after spending more than 15 years on campus.

Fife oversees a number of Vanderbilt departments and initiatives, including human resources, health and wellness for faculty and staff, affirmative action, disability services, police, facilities, the Legends Club as well as strategy and planning and others.

Since joining Vanderbilt in 1998 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Fife has been associate vice chancellor for business services and research finance, assistant vice chancellor for information technology services and interim associate vice chancellor for human resources. He was named to his current role in 2009, first acting as vice chancellor for eight months before being chosen permanently following a national search.

In a statement, VU officials said Fife has overseen a number of efficiency projects at the school, including the ongoing overhaul of its coal-fired power plant, renovations to various prominent campus buildings and the merger of a number of similar departments at the university propert and its medical center.

“Jerry has led us through many significant changes and has played a vital role in ensuring the institution’s great progress,” Chancellor Nick Zeppos said. “Vanderbilt is better and stronger because of his keen focus and transformative work, and I know that we will benefit even more throughout the coming year.”