Vanderbilt’s annual Day on the Hill March 7 allowed campus leaders to meet with members of the Tennessee General Assembly to thank them for their service to the state and for their continuing partnerships.
University Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente and Vanderbilt University Medical Center Deputy CEO and Chief Health System Officer Dr. C. Wright Pinson met with leaders in the Tennessee House and Senate during the afternoon-long event.
The halls of Legislative Plaza were decorated with banners displaying Vanderbilt’s impact in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties. Wente, Pinson and Interim Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Nathan Green led the Vanderbilt group.
“Vanderbilt wants to serve as a partner and as a resource to the leaders in our state and local governments on issues that come before them to help craft policies that benefit Tennesseans,” Wente said.
“Through Vanderbilt University Medical Center and our colleagues located across the state in the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network, we are here to improve the health of the citizens of Tennessee,” Pinson said. “We want to continue to work collaboratively with members of the General Assembly to help achieve this common goal.
In meetings with legislators, Wente talked about the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s innovation hub designed to foster collaboration within the institution as well as with community partners. She welcomed policymakers to use Vanderbilt’s resources to help brainstorm solutions to complex issues facing our society.
Green echoed Wente’s sentiments. “With our experts and their research, Vanderbilt is an incredible resource to the state in creating innovative public policy,” he said.