The leadership of Vanderbilt University on Friday said it has promoted the chief of its police department to associate vice chancellor and two executives in its Division of Finance to assistant vice chancellor. Police Chief August Washington, left in the photos below, has been at Vanderbilt since mid-2009, arriving from the University of Tennessee, and has been in law enforcement for 35 years. In VU's finance group, Deborah Janke and Shanmuga Sundaram have been named assistant vice chancellor for finance and IT and finance and administration, respectively. Both promotions are effective Feb. 1.
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine announced today that Dr. Andre L. Churchwell has been named senior associate dean for diversity affairs.
Previously the associate dean for diversity at VUSM, Churchwell is also a professor of medicine in cardiology, biomedical engineering and radiology and radiologic sciences.
Churchwell graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt in 1975 with a degree in engineering and from Harvard Medical School in 1979. Read more here.
The Chronicle of Higher Education has ranked university leaders based on their annual executive compensation, with Vanderbilt's Nicholas S. Zeppos, who is paid about $1.23 million, ranking No. 25. Zeppos is among the three best-paid leaders of Southeastern-based universities. By contrast, University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer, who ranks No. 1, is paid about $3.36 million per year. See the full list here.
The leaders of Middle Tennessee State University and Alabama A&M University on Friday signed an agreement to collaborate more closely on research into aerospace, agriscience and engineering projects. MTSU will provide A&M students with access to programs in engineering management, computational science and aerospace, while MTSU students will get access to A&M's engineering programs.
Officials said the three-year agreement builds upon two successful collaborations between the two universities: Both are partners in a consortium for a federal Unmanned Aircraft Systems test site as well as a three-year National Science Foundation-funded Partnership for Innovation in Technology grant.
Anesthesiologists at Vanderbilt University have received a $3 million grant from the GE Foundation that will help them continue a program of medical education and research in Kenya and other parts of the world. The grant will let young Vanderbilt anesthesiologists continue to travel to Kenya annually to both train and to educate others in anesthesia and pain management services.
Construction workers and Nashville State Community College leaders are putting the finishing touches on a new culinary arts center at the Southeast Campus of Nashville State Community College. The 5,000-square-foot expansion was driven by local restaurateur Randy Rayburn and the Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation and will open next month, doubling the capacity of the program. Chris Chamberlain has more at Bites.
Calling it "sort of another Jubilee Day," Fisk University President James Williams yesterday announced that the historically black school has had its accreditation reaffirmed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and been removed from probation. Williams and other Fisk leaders have been pushing through various reforms — including the sale of part of its Stieglitz art collection — and raising money to shore up the finances of the university, which was in the black for 2012-13 and again through the first quarter of its fiscal 2014.
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