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Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos to step down on Aug. 15

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Posted at 9:19 AM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 10:19:22-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos has announced he’ stepping down from the position on August 15.

Zeppos said Tuesday that he plans to take a yearlong sabbatical before returning to the faculty as professor of law.

“I truly love Vanderbilt and serving you has been a privilege. Yet my health is presenting challenges that demand my focus, with the love and support of my family,” Zeppos said. “Passing the torch of leadership of this great university from one chancellor to another is never easy but it is inevitable, and I do so with full confidence that the ninth chancellor will take full advantage of the strong foundation that has been built and chart a path to further greatness with you.”

Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente will serve as interim chancellor until a successor is named.

Zeppos, the university’s eighth chancellor, has spent more than a decade in the role.