Welcoming Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Cybele Raver

Dear members of the Vanderbilt community,

Please join me in welcoming Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Cybele Raver, who officially starts today in her new role at Vanderbilt. Already, Provost Raver has shown a deep engagement with Vanderbilt’s culture, values and community members. I look forward to working with her as we enter a new era of achievement.

As evidenced by her recent experience as deputy provost at New York University, Provost Raver is one of the most accomplished leaders working in higher education today. She has extensive experience with graduate and undergraduate programs at top-tier research universities, and embodies Vanderbilt’s optimism, commitment to excellence and culture. She also brings experience in advancing resources and visibility for trans-institutional scholarship, which will strengthen our reputation as a world-class research institution. Her appointment was the result of an extensive nationwide search by committee, during which she quickly emerged as the leading candidate.

Effective today, July 1, Provost Raver also joins our faculty as a Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of psychology and human development at Peabody College.

Throughout her remarkable career, Provost Raver has made profound contributions through her research focused on early learning and development in the contexts of poverty and policy. As a social scientist, her research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, along with several private entities. I encourage you to learn more about her scholarship, leadership experience and bold ambitions for our university in the below video and in this interview.

I look forward to working with Provost Raver to enhance learning and discovery at Vanderbilt. Together with the One Vanderbilt community, we will continue our strong momentum and set even higher benchmarks for our future success.

Thank you all, and I hope you have a happy and restful holiday weekend.


Daniel Diermeier