Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos recently shared an update on Vanderbilt’s strategic priorities with alumni, parents and friends at a special Metro New York Vanderbilt Chapter event, highlighting the opening of E. Bronson Ingram College, the newest of Vanderbilt’s residential colleges, and the university’s plans to expand the living–learning experience with three additional colleges.
He also noted ongoing efforts to bolster support for faculty hiring and retention, and celebrated the 10th anniversary of Opportunity Vanderbilt with stories of Vanderbilt students whose lives have been transformed by the no-loan financial access program.
“You are all Vanderbilt, and there are so many of you who play an important role for the university,” Zeppos told the crowd. “Vanderbilt’s ability to lead with the power of our values and carry our mission forward is made possible because of you and your support.”
The event was part of a series of similar events Zeppos has held with alumni in Nashville, Boston, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Houston. He plans to visit additional alumni chapters during the next few years.
Metro New York Vanderbilt Chapter Co-President Jackson Vaught, BA’16, was among the attendees excited to hear about Vanderbilt’s vision.
“Alumni financial support will help fund the next chapters of Vanderbilt’s history, and it is important that the chancellor regularly update alumni on progress toward that shared vision,” he said.
Vaught especially appreciates the university’s residential college initiative.
“I spent three of four years living on The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, one as a first-year student and two as a residential adviser, and it makes me incredibly proud to know that in the not-too-distant future, almost all Vanderbilt undergraduates will spend most of their years in a living and learning community.”