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C. Cybele Raver on new post as Vanderbilt's new provost, vice chancellor for academic affairs

Lenny Schumacher

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NASHVILLE, TN — C. Cybele Raver started her new role as Vanderbilt’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs on July 1. She shares her plans to strengthen Vanderbilt’s research reputation and prioritize diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

She discusses her responsibility as a provost to oversee the university’s research mission. She also explains the crucial function of the academic affairs office to ensure Vanderbilt’s role and reputation as a powerhouse engine of intellectual innovation and creativity.

Vanderbilt University selected Raver as new provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs from an extensive nationwide search by a committee led by Daniel Diermeier, chancellor of Vanderbilt University. Raver emerged as the leading candidate early in the search process.

“Professor Cybele Raver is one of the most accomplished academic leaders working in higher education today. She has deep experience in graduate and undergraduate programs and shares Vanderbilt’s vision of wanting to usher in a new era of achievement,” Diermeier said.

Raver previously worked as deputy provost at New York University. Before her tenure at NYU, she served faculty positions at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and Cornell University’s Department of Human Development.

“In partnering with and serving Chancellor Diermeier as his provost, I’m excited about the ways that Vanderbilt is offering a new vision for what higher education can do in developing the next generation of our nation’s leaders through undergraduate and graduate education,” Raver said.

Raver’s decision to prioritize diversity, equity, inclusion at Vanderbilt University aligns with Vanderbilt’s pledge to become a more diverse and inclusive community. The university recently shared actions and plans to achieve the goal.

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