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Search launched for Ingram Scholarship Program faculty director; nominations and applications sought

Feb. 9, 2017, 9:00 AM

Ingram ScholarsProvost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente has announced an institutional search for the faculty director of the Ingram Scholarship Program. The position is posted on the Office of the Provost website. The faculty director will report to Vice Provost for Learning and Residential Affairs Cynthia J. Cyrus. Nominations or applications for the position, which should include a curriculum vitae and letter of interest, may be submitted to vpcyrus@vanderbilt.edu.

Founded in 1993 by E. Bronson Ingram, chairman of the Vanderbilt Board of Trust from 1991 to 1995, the Ingram Scholarship Program supports students who demonstrate a willingness and ability to combine a successful career with a lifelong commitment to finding solutions to critical societal problems.

The goals of the program are as follows:

  • To maximize opportunities that prepare scholars for business and professional careers and a commitment to seeking solutions to critical social problems;
  • To strengthen the connections between learning and service;
  • To develop an understanding of the relevant business constructs governing high-impact philanthropy;
  • To facilitate the academic, professional and service opportunities for each scholar’s own particular interests and career plans through advising, seminars, internships, projects, travel and collaboration; and
  • To foster a sense of community among the scholars, alumni and those working with the program.

Since the matriculation of the inaugural Ingram Scholarship recipients in 1996, there have been 228 graduates of the program, forming a robust alumni network. Ingram Scholars alumni remain connected through annual reunions and activities with current scholars. The hallmark program remains a priority for the Ingram family, who since 1993 has continued to offer guidance and support and actively engage with current Ingram Scholars as well as alumni.

“The Ingram Scholarship Program is distinguished by the unique, multidisciplinary training and exposure scholars receive to enhance their understanding of community engagement. The program nurtures future leaders with the capacity, confidence and training to be successful in their professional careers,” Wente said. “We remain grateful to the Ingram family for its commitment to the program, and I look forward to working with the new faculty director as we continue this important tradition of identifying and cultivating future community and business leaders. Armed with the world-class education and training they receive as Vanderbilt students, Ingram Scholars have a measurable impact on their communities and the world.”

Marshall C. Eakin, professor of history and current faculty director of the Ingram Scholarship Program, has served in that role since August 2009 and will be returning to the faculty.

“Marshall has been instrumental to the growth and continued success of the program. We are grateful for his years of service and dedication to supporting the program’s mission,” Cyrus said. “During his tenure, he built an array of community connections and a robust framework to support the service-learning aspects of the program, and he has overseen the development of summer projects that taught students grant writing and planning skills. His presence has been significant, not only to the current Ingram Scholars, but to the alumni, who continue to engage as important members of the Ingram community.”

Wente will name a faculty-chaired committee in March to review applications and nominations for the Ingram Scholarship Program faculty director position. The committee will comprise Vanderbilt faculty, students, alumni and staff.

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For more information about the Ingram Scholarship Program, visit vanderbilt.edu/ingram.