A message from Board of Trust Chairman Bruce R. Evans: Report of the Chancellor Search Advisory Committee

To the Vanderbilt community,

Thank you for making your voice heard in our search for Vanderbilt’s ninth chancellor. Since the feedback period ended earlier this month, the Chancellor Search Advisory Committee has meticulously reviewed the input they received—through the online feedback form, town halls and other forms of direct engagement.

Today, we are proud to release a report of the Chancellor Search Advisory Committee’s comprehensive findings, which is available to the community at vu.edu/chancellor-search. I encourage you to read the report, which will guide and inform the Chancellor Search Committee as we move into the confidential phase of the hiring process.

View report of the Chancellor Search Advisory Committee.

Above all, the report findings celebrate and reaffirm our successes and demonstrate the pride you have in our university. The feedback shows, by and large, that you support our current path. There is a desire to continue to embrace the pillars of our Academic Strategic Plan, as well as our existing guiding principles of collaboration, inclusion and shared governance.

The report is as detailed as it is thorough, encompassing feedback highlights, analyses of prevalent themes and data visualizations on survey participants and key topics. It also highlights a point that came across throughout the feedback and conversations: You want a search that considers a diverse group of exceptionally talented candidates for the role of Vanderbilt’s next chancellor.

The report also reflects Vanderbilt’s inherent complexity as a large, multifaceted institution with varying perspectives and priorities. It shows where there is room for improvement and reveals the spaces where our next chancellor’s vision, values, creativity and leadership skills will be especially essential.

The task for our next chancellor will be to sustain our overall momentum while still addressing the changes that matter most. It will not be an easy mission, but it is necessary and exciting and will involve us all.

Thank you again for your engagement and participation. We are at a pivotal moment within Vanderbilt’s trajectory, and I look forward to sharing updates as the search progresses.


Bruce R. Evans
Chairman, Vanderbilt University Board of Trust