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Message from Chancellor Zeppos on congressional debate and Vanderbilt

Posted on Saturday, Jul. 30, 2011 — 8:10 AM

Nicholas Zeppos

Dear Vanderbilt Community,

The ongoing debate in Washington over issues of critical importance to the economy and the country’s standing in the world has had our full attention over the summer and especially the past few weeks. Vanderbilt, though financially and academically stronger than ever, is not immune to the adverse consequences associated with the impasse in our nation’s capital. Though the situation is fluid and uncertain at best, there is little doubt that even a temporary halt or major reduction in federal funding could negatively impact our noble mission of education and research. Moreover, whatever the resolution there are sure to be longer term effects on research universities.  In talking with my counterparts at other leading universities, I can tell you they are facing very similar pressures and concerns.

As we continue to monitor the events, I assure you that Vanderbilt is prepared to address the short term outcome and longer term consequences, though it will not be without challenges.  For months, I and other university leaders have been fully engaged in planning for several scenarios with the goal of securing the university’s finances across the institution, including the medical center, which faces the greatest challenges. We have met and interacted with key financial leaders across the country and have taken steps to ensure that the university will remain strong and thriving during this uncertain time. Those steps are important, but equally important is the role you, our faculty and staff, have played in helping us to manage prudently the finances of the university over the past few years. You have done more with less; you have sacrificed in countless ways; and you have been careful stewards of our resources. Your work has enabled Vanderbilt to remain strong during the economic crisis, to continue to make thoughtful and strategic investments in our academic programs, and to position ourselves in a conservative fiscal manner — all of which will allow us to continue to invest wisely in our mission.   As your chancellor, I am proud of our united community and the willingness to pull together in challenging times, and I am confident we will continue to do so in whatever we face in the future. I thank you for your commitment to this great university.

Sincerely,

Nicholas S. Zeppos

Chancellor


  • Ann Hagerty

    Chancellor of Vanderbilt,u00a0 Nicholas ZepposnnDr Zeppos,nnI amu00a0theu00a0friend of a brilliant law graduate of Vanderbilt Lawu00a0School u00a0and the widow of a prominentnPhysician and Surgeon of University of Penn and am very dismayed at the liberal bent of your nschool. I read the Fox News release with great dismay regarding your students at Vanderbiltnexperiencing such difficulty trying tou00a0hold Bible Study.u00a0nnTo think that a grandchild of mine would not have the freedom to gather with like-minded studentsnand friends for Bible Study at Vanderbilt is absurd.nnI am confident that Dr Carol Swain is correct that this policy veers on ‘overstepping students’nrights.u00a0 nnIf Vanderbilt is looking for contributions to the University,u00a0you are going about it in the wrong way. This is a hot button issue and in challenging times not an intelligent one on the part of the school.nnShame on the collegennAnn Hagerty.nnu00a0

  • Ann Hagerty

    Chancellor of Vanderbilt,u00a0 Nicholas ZepposnnDr Zeppos,nnI amu00a0theu00a0friend of a brilliant law graduate of Vanderbilt Lawu00a0School u00a0and the widow of a prominentnPhysician and Surgeon of University of Penn and am very dismayed at the liberal bent of your nschool. I read the Fox News release with great dismay regarding your students at Vanderbiltnexperiencing such difficulty trying tou00a0hold Bible Study.u00a0nnTo think that a grandchild of mine would not have the freedom to gather with like-minded studentsnand friends for Bible Study at Vanderbilt is absurd.nnI am confident that Dr Carol Swain is correct that this policy veers on ‘overstepping students’nrights.u00a0 nnIf Vanderbilt is looking for contributions to the University,u00a0you are going about it in the wrong way. This is a hot button issue and in challenging times not an intelligent one on the part of the school.nnShame on the collegennAnn Hagerty.nnu00a0

  • Ann Hagerty

    Chancellor of Vanderbilt,u00a0 Nicholas ZepposnnDr Zeppos,nnI amu00a0theu00a0friend of a brilliant law graduate of Vanderbilt Lawu00a0School u00a0and the widow of a prominentnPhysician and Surgeon of University of Penn and am very dismayed at the liberal bent of your nschool. I read the Fox News release with great dismay regarding your students at Vanderbiltnexperiencing such difficulty trying tou00a0hold Bible Study.u00a0nnTo think that a grandchild of mine would not have the freedom to gather with like-minded studentsnand friends for Bible Study at Vanderbilt is absurd.nnI am confident that Dr Carol Swain is correct that this policy veers on ‘overstepping students’nrights.u00a0 nnIf Vanderbilt is looking for contributions to the University,u00a0you are going about it in the wrong way. This is a hot button issue and in challenging times not an intelligent one on the part of the school.nnShame on the collegennAnn Hagerty.nnu00a0

  • G.Barbour

    Ms. Hagerty said it very well — Shame on Vanderbilt.u00a0 In past times I always thought of Vanderbilt University as a cut above the rest.u00a0 How sad it is to see them jump on the bandwagon of political left thinkingu00a0and try to control and deprive our youth of the right to assemble, if they so choose, in the name of Christianity.u00a0 As a Christian in our new age of education expect extreme discrimination and discouragement from those institutes that formally stood with God.u00a0 What a sad day that Vanderbilt Universary hasu00a0decided to take a stand against Godly things.u00a0 n

  • G.Barbour

    Ms. Hagerty said it very well — Shame on Vanderbilt.u00a0 In past times I always thought of Vanderbilt University as a cut above the rest.u00a0 How sad it is to see them jump on the bandwagon of political left thinkingu00a0and try to control and deprive our youth of the right to assemble, if they so choose, in the name of Christianity.u00a0 As a Christian in our new age of education expect extreme discrimination and discouragement from those institutes that formally stood with God.u00a0 What a sad day that Vanderbilt Universary hasu00a0decided to take a stand against Godly things.u00a0 n

  • G.Barbour

    Ms. Hagerty said it very well — Shame on Vanderbilt.u00a0 In past times I always thought of Vanderbilt University as a cut above the rest.u00a0 How sad it is to see them jump on the bandwagon of political left thinkingu00a0and try to control and deprive our youth of the right to assemble, if they so choose, in the name of Christianity.u00a0 As a Christian in our new age of education expect extreme discrimination and discouragement from those institutes that formally stood with God.u00a0 What a sad day that Vanderbilt Universary hasu00a0decided to take a stand against Godly things.u00a0 n



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