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Vanderbilt Names and Places

Keeping track of the latest titles of Vanderbilt University faculty, staff, schools, teams and programs can be a challenge. This guide is designed to help reporters, editors and others who write and report about Vanderbilt accurately refer to its people and places.

The Basics

  • Formal name and appropriate first reference: Vanderbilt University
  • Appropriate second reference: Vanderbilt for the university; Commodores for athletic references
  • Abbreviation: VU, if an abbreviation is required


Vanderbilt administrators and their official titles are listed below. High resolution photos of these individuals can be downloaded at

  • Nicholas S. Zeppos, chancellor
  • Richard McCarty, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs
  • Jeffrey R. Balser, M.D., vice chancellor for health affairs; dean, School of Medicine
  • Jerry Fife, vice chancellor for administration; chief financial officer
  • Beth Fortune, vice chancellor for public affairs
  • Susie Stalcup, vice chancellor for development and alumni relations
  • Brett Sweet, vice chancellor for finance and chief financial officer
  • David Williams, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletics director
  • Matthew Wright, vice chancellor for investments

Board of Trust Officers

  • Mark F. Dalton, chairman
  • Jackson W. Moore, vice chairman
  • Nancy P. Mulford, vice chairman
  • Joanne F. Hayes, secretary
  • Nicholas Zeppos, chancellor


Vanderbilt comprises 10 schools. First references to each of these schools should be preceded with “Vanderbilt University” or “Vanderbilt.” The schools’ official titles are:

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

“Vanderbilt University Medical Center” is an appropriate first or second reference; “VUMC” is the appropriate abbreviation if one is needed. The Vanderbilt University Medical Center includes the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the Center for Health Services, Vanderbilt University Hospital, the Vanderbilt Clinic and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt (on second reference, “Children’s Hospital.” For more Vanderbilt Medical Center information, visit:

Centers and Institutes

More than 100 interdisciplinary and specialty centers and institutes exist at Vanderbilt. Below are the official names and acronyms of some of the most frequently cited. Click here for an extensive list of Vanderbilt centers and institutes.


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