Lasting and Meaningful Change: NFL executive Adolpho A. Birch III, JD’91, discusses diversity on campus and athlete activism
Sep. 10, 2020—Birch, the new chief legal officer and senior vice president of business affairs for the Tennessee Titans, recently was named chair of a new Vanderbilt Board of Trust ad hoc committee that is partnering with university leadership to evaluate and recommend policies around equity, diversity and inclusion. Here he discusses the work of the committee, the rise in athlete activism, and his favorite Nashville sports memory.
Aug. 21, 2020—The Southeastern Conference has announced the creation of the SEC Council on Racial Equity and Social Justice, a league-wide body consisting of a diverse group of student-athletes, administrators, coaches and SEC staff. The council includes Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletic Director Candice Storey Lee, head football coach Derek Mason and head baseball coach Tim Corbin.
May. 14, 2020—Vanderbilt Athletics lit up the video board at Hawkins Field on March 30 with a special tribute to all the health care workers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and elsewhere who are on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19.
Aug. 29, 2019—Jared Pinkney could have heard his name called on the second day of the NFL Draft. Graded a “second- to fourth-round prospect,” Vanderbilt’s star tight end had a decision to make: turn pro, or return to the university to finish out his senior season.
Aug. 12, 2019—Vanderbilt employees are invited to get a behind-the-scenes look at this year’s Commodore football team under the direction of sixth-year head coach Derek Mason. Free hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks will be provided by Tri-Star BBQ for all who attend.
May. 23, 2019—David Williams II was remembered as a courageous vice chancellor, outstanding athletics director, brilliant law professor, and devoted husband and father during a celebration of life service Feb. 15.
Aug. 29, 2018—Watch Coach Derek Mason, the Spirit of Gold Marching Band and other members of the Vanderbilt community rally first-year students as they gather to take the Class of 2022 photo.
Grade A Talent: Vanderbilt’s successful recruiting model finds student-athletes who excel both on the field and in the classroom
Aug. 28, 2018—As the only private institution in the Southeastern Conference, Vanderbilt is charged with competing at the highest level of collegiate athletics with student-athletes who also can thrive in the classrooms of a top-15 nationally ranked university.
May. 3, 2018—The Vanderbilt community is invited to join this year's Coaches Caravan, sponsored by Vanderbilt Athletics, on Wednesday, May 9, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Ruth's Chris Steak House.
Sep. 7, 2017—Senior running back Ralph Webb is closing in on the goal line of ending his college career as the second-leading rusher in SEC history, behind Georgia’s Herschel Walker.
Apr. 28, 2017—Oren Burks is not afraid to step up when called upon, even when stepping up requires stepping out of his comfort zone.
Apr. 18, 2017—Vanderbilt fans will have a chance to mingle with Commodore coaches and chat about what's ahead for Vanderbilt athletics at stops across Middle Tennessee. Football coach Derek Mason, women's basketball coach Stephanie White, soccer coach Darren Ambrose and bowling coach John Williamson, among others, will be featured.