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.
Fisk University and Vanderbilt University are planning a bridge program focused on courses in natural science, mathematics or computer science.
The program would include a Fisk undergraduate degree — weighted toward courses in natural science, mathematics or computer science — obtained within three years. The degree would be followed by a master's degree in computer science from Fisk, bridging to a biomedical informatics Ph.D. from Vanderbilt.
The proposed program, which would begin enrolling students in fall 2015 at the earliest, would expand the Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge Program established in 2004 and currently bridging Fisk masters programs to Vanderbilt doctoral programs in astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics and materials science.
“Perhaps because of the relative newness and interdisciplinary character of biomedical informatics, most entering undergraduates aren’t aware of the role that this field has in advancing health care and biomedical science, nor of this growing field’s tremendous need for experts and leaders,” said Dr. Lee Limbird, dean of the Fisk School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Business and interim dean for graduate studies.
“With this proposed training program, we want to begin addressing that deficit of awareness and help fill the pipeline with talented students of color,” Limbird added.
Paul Govern and vanderbilt.edu have more here.
Regions Bank has expanded its affiliation with a number of the region's historically black colleges and universities to include branded check cards. Among the schools whose graduates and fans can now personalize their plastic is Tennessee State University.
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