VU promotes police chief, two in finance division

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.


Jan 27, 2014 6:42 AM

VUSM promotes associate diversity dean to senior position

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.

Jan 9, 2014 11:30 AM

VU recruits two investment managers

Duo focused on hedge funds, public equities
Jan 3, 2014 10:22 AM

Vanderbilt jumpstarts expansion plans for Children’s Hospital

Work to begin in 2015 on four additional floors
Dec 31, 2013 8:33 AM

Peabody study reveals childrens' ed programming limitations

A Vanderbilt University study has found that educational programming is minimally effective for children unless parents watch too. The study, conducted by then-doctoral student Gabrielle Strouse under the direction Georgene Troseth (pictured), associate professor of psychology at the Peabody College of Education and Human Development, is published in the December 2014 issue of Developmental Psychology. Read more here.

Dec 23, 2013 8:43 AM

Zeppos ranks 25th on university leader compensation list

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.

Dec 16, 2013 1:19 PM

MTSU inks research collaboration deal with Alabama A&M

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.

Dec 16, 2013 8:43 AM

Fisk back in SACS' good graces

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.

Dec 11, 2013 10:38 AM

Ex-Boston schools superintendent to join Peabody as visiting professor

Johnson to teach seminar on diverse learners
Nov 27, 2013 7:00 AM

VU med school to reduce by 10% incoming class size

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center will reduce by 10 percent the number of incoming medical and doctoral students next year by 10 percent, according to university officials. In a blog post (read here), Dr. Jeffrey Balser, the med school's dean, stresses that reducing class size was a decision that was not made based on cost considerations but will, nonetheless, reduce operational costs. VU officials estimate the reduction could mean up to 10 fewer students will enroll than is typical.

Balser writes the following:

And we are reducing our M.D. and Ph.D. matriculating classes by approximately 10 percent. Still similar in size to the classes at the leading private institutions, these modest adjustments will assure we can provide unparalleled student mentoring by a faculty committed to hands-on engagement with students, even as they treat ever-larger numbers of patients, and write ever-larger numbers of applications for research funding.

Nov 8, 2013 1:30 PM