Vanderbilt University officials have renewed their big lease at the prominent 3401 West End Ave. office building located near Interstate 440. The building is owned by Highwoods Properties, executives with which say the VU renewal was the largest single renewal they had before them between now and the end of 2015. Vanderbilt takes up 199,000 of the building's roughly 250,000 square feet of space.
Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos has been appointed to the board of directors of the Foundation for Educational Exchange Between Canada and the United States of America, also known as Fulbright Canada. He will serve a three-year term. The foundation administers the Fulbright international educational exchange program in Canada. Read more here.
Dennis G. Hall, a veteran Vanderbilt academician, will step down as both the university's vice provost for research and graduate school dean, effective Dec. 31. Hall, who also served as a VU professor of physics and electrical engineering, said he plans to return to a focus on research and writing, starting with a leave to begin on Jan. 1, 2015. Read more here at vanderbilt.edu.
Vanderbilt University leaders have launched the Chancellor Faculty Fellows program to help build the careers of promising young faculty members who have recently received tenure. Professors can apply for an unrestricted allocation of $80,000 over two years that can go to research projects, scholarships or "creative expression activities." Chosen fellows also will gather regularly as a group to build bridges between the university's various institutions.
Four Nashville colleges were listed in the top 20 on three U.S. News & World Report education rankings.
Vanderbilt University landed the number 16 spot on the list of National Universities, tied with Cornell and Brown universities and the University of Notre Dame.
On the list of best Regional Universities of the South, Belmont University was ranked number five and Lipscomb University was number 18.
Of Southern colleges, Aquinas College was ranked number 14.
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