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Author: Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos

What’s On My Mind: Courage to change the world

May. 17, 2018—Reflecting on Commencement week, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos shares his thoughts in this week’s column about how each person can make a positive difference in the world.

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What’s On My Mind: Commencement is the first page of a new chapter

May. 10, 2018—In this week's column, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos shares the range of emotions—excitement, anticipation, optimism—evoked by Commencement as Vanderbilt's newest alumni start their next journey.

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What’s On My Mind: Modeling a Conversation Ethic

May. 3, 2018—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos reflects on the host of notable speakers Vanderbilt has welcomed this academic year, and the university's role as a convener of critical conversations and facilitator of civil discourse, in this week's column.

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What’s On My Mind: Student-athletes—classes, competition and championships

Apr. 26, 2018—It's the season for exams, Commencement and championships. In this week's column, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos congratulates our successful teams and the student-athletes who perform on and off the field.

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What’s On My Mind: Public service is a cornerstone of democracy

Apr. 16, 2018—The principles of public service and civil discourse helped build the foundation of our democracy, and America’s universities play an important role in keeping those values thriving, Chancellor Zeppos says in his latest column.

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What’s On My Mind: Building the Class of 2022

Apr. 5, 2018—Stories about what makes Vanderbilt special combined with the lasting value of a Vanderbilt education drive the university's strong showing in admissions, says Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos in this week's column.

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What’s On My Mind: Conference on race, reconciliation shows power of civil discourse

Mar. 29, 2018—In this week's column, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos reflects on Vanderbilt's first race and reconciliation symposium and the role that civil discourse plays in untangling our nation's complex history.

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What’s On My Mind: Changing the discussion around mental health and wellbeing

Mar. 22, 2018—Mental illness and wellbeing concern all of us, but the surrounding stigma can prevent people from reaching out and getting help. It's time to change, says Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos in his column this week.

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What’s On My Mind: Working together to end sexual harassment

Mar. 1, 2018—Women are essential to the success of Vanderbilt, and sexual harassment and sexual assault will never be tolerated here, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos says in this week's column.

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What’s On My Mind: A lesson on public discourse from a Wyoming bookstore

Feb. 22, 2018—Vanderbilt's role in bringing faculty scholarship, insights and knowledge into the public discourse is the focus of a new university initiative, “Enhancing Faculty Voices in the Public Sphere.” Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos discusses the effort in this week's edition of "What's On My Mind."

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What’s On My Mind: America’s partnership with its research universities fuels our common future

Feb. 15, 2018—The lasting impact of the historic partnership between the federal government and America's research universities is the topic of this week's column from Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos.

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What’s On My Mind: Lessons of Black History Month inform our vision for the future

Feb. 8, 2018—A number of remarkable African American leaders have moved Vanderbilt forward, and it’s their legacy upon which we continue to build our beloved community. In this week’s “What’s On My Mind,” Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos discusses their potent combination of courage and determination.

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