Fall 2018

Vanderbilt University/John Russell

Chancellor’s Letter: The Vanderbilt Way

Ten years ago we launched one of the nation’s boldest financial aid programs, Opportunity Vanderbilt, which replaced need-based loans with grants and scholarships. Our goal was to attract more and more supremely talented students to take part in our cherished undergraduate experience, regardless of their economic circumstances.

Open Secrets: How views of public and private life have shifted in America

Open Secrets: How views of public and private life have shifted in America

In an age of Cambridge Analytica, uncanny Facebook algorithms and NSA wiretapping, it seems every time we turn around, there is a new assault on that once most precious of commodities: our privacy. In reality, however, what we choose to reveal and what we keep private has long been a source of debate.

David Williams (Vanderbilt University/John Russell)

The Goldfather: With David Williams’ retirement, a golden era of Commodore athletics ends

As 70-year-old Williams nears the end of a 15-year run leading Vanderbilt athletics—and his 27th year as a senior administrator in higher education—he is ready to hand over leadership of a department that has made enormous strides during his tenure.

‘We Remember’: Preserving the memory of Holocaust survivors

‘We Remember’: Preserving the memory of Holocaust survivors

John Pregulman, BA’80, has spent the past five years taking photographs of Holocaust survivors. To date, he has photographed 679 survivors in 33 cities in the U.S., as well as in Krakow, Prague and Tokyo.

The “high-tech” activity of opening a Dollar General store in the early days was a bit different than today. (Dollar General)

The Value of a Dollar: How a simple pricing idea launched the retail giant Dollar General

In this excerpt from his memoir, Cal Turner Jr., a 1962 Vanderbilt graduate who was Dollar General’s CEO from 1965 to 2003, discusses the breakthrough concept that helped launch a small-town family business toward national success.