A resolution adopted by the Vanderbilt Board of Trust in appreciation of faculty and resolutions adopted by the Faculty Senate honoring Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente as well as university staff were presented at the senate’s monthly meeting on May 6.
Board of Trust Chairman Bruce Evans read the resolution that recognized Vanderbilt faculty for their “significant contributions during an unprecedented year within the university’s history” and for displaying “immense resilience during this uncertain time.”
“Be it resolved that the Board of Trust expresses its deepest and most sincere gratitude to each and every member of Vanderbilt’s faculty for their extraordinary efforts, adaptation and commitment during a year that has defined and advanced our ability to persevere,” Evans said.
The Board of Trust also recently passed a resolution in appreciation of Vanderbilt students that Evans presented at the Class of 2020 undergraduate Commencement ceremony on May 1 and will share at the Class of 2021 ceremony on May 15. A Board of Trust resolution in appreciation of Vanderbilt University staff members and postdoctoral fellows will be read at the Spring Staff Assembly on May 20.
Faculty Senate Chair Catherine McTamaney presented the resolution honoring Wente, who is “concluding 19 years of exemplary leadership, tireless service and immeasurable impact at Vanderbilt University.” Wente is leaving Vanderbilt to become president of Wake Forest University on July 1.
“Be it resolved that the Vanderbilt University Faculty Senate celebrates Susan Wente for her demonstrated dedication to the mission of our institution and her compassionate advocacy for students, faculty and staff during seven years as provost, one year as interim chancellor, and many years as professor and department chair,” McTamaney said.
“And be it further resolved that the Faculty Senate offers its most sincere thanks to Susan R. Wente for her earnest partnership, transparent leadership and unwavering commitment to the mission of Vanderbilt University and to our work as scholars, teachers and artists.”
Faculty Senate Vice Chair Ben Harris read the resolution commending Vanderbilt staff for facing “the challenges of the last year with extraordinary courage and resolve” and for maintaining “missional integrity despite employment uncertainty and fiscal restrictions.”
“Be it resolved that the Vanderbilt University Faculty Senate honors its staff colleagues and extends profound gratitude to these esteemed and invaluable partners,” Harris said.
For more information about the Faculty Senate, visit vanderbilt.edu/facultysenate.