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Education Evolution: Vanderbilt scholars are working to align higher ed policy with 21st-century needs

Aug. 20, 2019—Some of the leading efforts to understand the changing nature of public higher education, and implement policies to address those shifts, are being directed by faculty and alumni of Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development.

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’Dores of Distinction

Jun. 8, 2018—To help ensure that Vanderbilt’s mission stays on track and is poised for future success, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos has convened a broadly diverse group of alumni leaders called the ’Dores of Distinction.

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The Rule of 10: Zakiya Smith, BS’06, is exploring new models to help students fund their higher education

Nov. 21, 2017—  This year’s recipient of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Professional Achievement Award, Zakiya Smith, BS’06, has dedicated her career to easing the complications and financial burden associated with paying for a college education—first as a senior policy adviser in the U.S. Department of Education and later in President Barack Obama’s White House. Recognized...

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Alumni Association announces 2017 alumni award recipients

Sep. 7, 2017—The Vanderbilt University Alumni Association Board of Directors is pleased to announce its recipients of the 2017 alumni awards: Dr. Stephen Jones, BA’74, MD’78; Joe Martin, BA’64; Doug Parker, MBA’86; and Zakiya Smith, BS’06.

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Alumni Association Board announces 2017 alumni award recipients

Jul. 18, 2017—The Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board is pleased to announce the 2017 alumni award recipients—Stephen Jones, BA’74, MD’78; Joe Martin, BA’64; Doug Parker, MBA’86; and Zakiya Smith, BS’06.

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Five alumni named to ‘Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list

Jan. 9, 2014—Five Vanderbilt alumni have been named to Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30.” The third annual list recognizes rising stars across the fields of energy, education, entertainment, marketing and more.

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Zakiya Smith, BS’06, Education Referee

Jan. 14, 2013—When Zakiya Smith was studying political science and education at Vanderbilt, she dreamed of someday working for the U.S. Department of Education. Not only did she fulfill that dream, but she became a senior adviser on education policy to President Barack Obama.

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Vanderbilt sophomore, alumni named to ‘Forbes’ 30 Under 30

Dec. 17, 2012—Param Jaggi, a sophomore from Plano, Texas, has been named to Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30.” Zakiya Smith, a 2006 Vanderbilt graduate, and Eugene Chung, a 2005 graduate, also have been named to the annual list recognizing rising stars across the fields of energy, education, marketing and more. Forbes editors and reporters worked with panels...

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