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Robinson to lead Office for Inclusive Excellence; Thomas-Hunt named Airbnb head of global diversity and belonging
May. 8, 2019—William H. Robinson, associate dean for academic success at the School of Engineering, will lead the Office for Inclusive Excellence as interim vice provost for strategic initiatives beginning June 1. Robinson takes on this new role following the departure of Melissa Thomas-Hunt, who has accepted a position with the executive team at Airbnb in San Francisco as their head of global diversity and belonging.
May. 8, 2019—Shaiza Rizavi, a veteran money manager known for her commitment to social enterprise, will be honored by Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development with the 2019 Distinguished Alumna Award during Commencement on May 10.
May. 7, 2019—As part of its sustainability initiative, Vanderbilt University will distribute 2,000 reusable water bottles and offer hydration stations for guests to fill their own reusable containers at its main Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 10.
Apr. 22, 2019—Vanderbilt University unveiled a comprehensive long-term strategy to significantly reduce its environmental footprint in part by powering its campus entirely through renewable energy, putting the university on track to be carbon neutral by 2050.
Dallas couple commits $5M to endow inaugural Dean’s Chair at Vanderbilt University’s College of Arts and Science
Apr. 22, 2019—Vanderbilt University alumni Ginny Searcy, BA’96, and Conner Searcy, BA’97, of Dallas have committed $5 million to create a new Dean’s Chair at the College of Arts and Science.
Apr. 17, 2019—Vanderbilt University is ranked 85th among the nation’s top 100 employers by "Forbes" on the magazine’s 2019 “America’s Best Employers” list.
Apr. 12, 2019—Vanderbilt University Board of Trust Chairman Bruce R. Evans has appointed a Chancellor Search Committee for Vanderbilt University’s ninth chancellor. The committee comprises current and emerita members of the Board of Trust and will lead efforts to search for and select a candidate for recommendation to the full Board of Trust.
Apr. 5, 2019—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos presented prestigious university awards to seven faculty members honored for their contributions and commitment to the university at the Spring Faculty Assembly.
Apr. 5, 2019—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos emphasized the vital importance of faculty leadership to guide the future direction of Vanderbilt when he delivered his 24th and final faculty assembly address on April 4.