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by Bill Snyder | Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, 3:00 PM
Thirteen Vanderbilt University faculty members named to endowed chairs were honored for their academic achievements during a celebration on Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Student Life Center.
“This group … really represents a microcosm of what happens at this university every single day,” said Susan Wente, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
“From international law to hedge fund fraud to children suffering from blinding eye disease, their work is having a tremendous impact on our world and on our society,” she said.
Wente and Jeff Balser, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, thanked the donors for their generosity and introduced the chair holders, who are listed below.
Several of the chairs were awarded for the first time.
Among those attending were Drs. Fenichel and Spickard, Pati Ellis, members of the Rosenblum family, and Suzanne Sousan and her mother, Jane Black.
Annie Marie Garraway, Ph.D., sister of the late Levi Watkins Jr., M.D., the first African American graduate of the School of Medicine, and her husband, Ira Deep, Ph.D., also attended.
This was the 18th celebration to honor faculty members who have been named to endowed chairs. A total of 178 chair holders have been honored since the initiative to recruit and retain outstanding scholars and teachers was announced in August 2010 by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos.
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