Vanderbilt to recognize emeriti faculty at Class of 2020 Commencement ceremony

Vanderbilt University will recognize the 34 faculty members who retired last academic year at its Class of 2020 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 1.

The faculty were designated emeritus or emerita professors in 2020. A faculty member who has served the university with distinction over a period of years, and whose status remains active until retirement, may, upon recommendation of the appropriate dean and the chancellor, be awarded the title “emeritus” or “emerita” by the Board of Trust.

Read about Vanderbilt’s emeritus and emerita professors for 2020.

  • Daniel H. Ashmead, professor of hearing and speech sciences, emeritus
  • Prodyot (P.K.) Basu, professor of civil and environmental engineering, emeritus
  • Margaret M. Blair, professor of law and Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise, Emerita
  • Darryl J. Bornhop, professor of chemistry, emeritus
  • Thomas F. Cleveland, professor of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, emeritus
  • Bruce K. Cooil, Dean Samuel B. and Evelyn R. Richmond Professor of Management, Emeritus
  • Jeffrey M. Davidson, professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology, emeritus
  • Emmanuele DiBenedetto, Centennial Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus
  • Tom D. Dillehay, Rebecca Webb Wilson Chair and University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Religion and Culture, Emeritus
  • Mark E. Frisse, professor of biomedical informatics, emeritus
  • Vivien G. Fryd, professor of history of art, emerita
  • Marie R. Griffin, professor of health policy, emerita
  • Barbara Hahn, Max Kade Foundation Chair and professor of German studies, emerita
  • Andes Hess Jr., professor of chemistry, emeritus
  • Richard L. Hoover, professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology, emeritus
  • Mark F. Jarman, Centennial Professor of English, Emeritus
  • Robert T. Jiménez, professor of education, emeritus
  • John Kochanowski, associate professor of viola, emeritus
  • Michael H. Kurek, associate professor of composition, emeritus
  • Patrick J. M. Lavin, professor of neurology, emeritus
  • James E. Loyd, professor of medicine, emeritus
  • Ralph N. McKenzie, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus
  • Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Religion, Psychology and Culture, Emerita
  • Beverly Moran, professor of law, emerita
  • Arthur Overholser, professor of biomedical engineering and chemical engineering, emeritus
  • James A. Patton, professor of radiology and radiological sciences, emeritus
  • James W. Pichert, professor of medical education and administration, emeritus
  • Donald H. Rubin, professor of medicine, emeritus
  • Linda J. Sealy, associate professor of molecular physiology and biophysics, emerita
  • William J. Stone, professor of medicine, emeritus
  • Mark W. Wait, dean of the Blair School of Music, emeritus, and Martha Rivers Ingram Dean’s Chair, Emeritus
  • Tedra A. Walden, professor of psychology, emerita
  • Thomas J. Weiler, professor of physics, emeritus
  • Bahr H. Weiss, professor of psychology, emeritus

The undergraduate Class of 2020 will be honored with an in-person and virtual Commencement ceremony on May 1 at Vanderbilt Stadium. Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente, who served as interim chancellor when the Class of 2020 had their degrees conferred virtually last year, will lead the event and will address graduates.

Learn more about Class of 2020 Commencement celebrations.