Provost Daniel Diermeier becomes Chancellor of Vanderbilt University

December 4, 2019

To: Members of the University Community

From: Robert J. Zimmer

Subject: Provost Daniel Diermeier

Date: December 4, 2019

Today, Vanderbilt University is announcing that Provost Daniel Diermeier has been appointed Chancellor of Vanderbilt University, effective July 1, 2020.

During his tenure as provost, Daniel has demonstrated extraordinary leadership with exceptional impact, across the full scope of academic, financial, and administrative issues the provost must confront. His work produced a positive legacy of academic eminence that will continue to benefit faculty, students, staff, and the University as a whole for years to come.

Beyond the specific academic, financial, and administrative initiatives that Daniel has fostered, he has worked to uphold and advance the University of Chicago’s enduring values of open inquiry, intellectual challenge, and free expression. This has gone hand in hand with his work to support diversity and inclusion in all aspects of University life.

I am deeply grateful for Daniel’s many contributions to the University, and for the energy and insight that he has brought to a wide range of priorities. Those qualities will serve him well at Vanderbilt, and we wish him great success in this new role.

The provost is the chief academic officer of the University, and in the coming weeks I will seek faculty input on Daniel’s successor. I will then move quickly to select and name a new Provost of the University, with an announcement early in the new year including a schedule for a transition from Daniel to his successor. 

Please join me in congratulating Daniel on his exciting new leadership role.