- Greg Allen
- Lee M. Bass
- Adolpho Birch
- Perry Brandt
- Shirley M. Collado, PhD
- Bruce R. Evans
- Jay C. Hoag
- Andrew Hoine
- Kito Huggins
- John R. Ingram
- Kathleen Justice-Moore
- Aditya Karhade
- Steven H. Madden
- Mark P. Mays
- Doug Parker
- Courtney C. Pastrick
- Dr. David W. Patterson
- Ross Perot, Jr.
- Jeffrey J. Rothschild
- Dr. Robert C. Schiff, Jr
- Alexander C. Taylor
- Nora Tyson
- Mark Wilf
- Jon Winkelried
- Nicholas S. Zeppos
Greg Allen was elected to the Vanderbilt Board of Trust in 2016. He received his
B.A. degree from Vanderbilt in 1984 and earned his J.D. from the Harvard Law
School in 1988.
Greg is a Principal and Managing Partner of CI Partners, an investment firm that manages a portfolio of closely held companies and related investments. Greg's firm focuses on the food, beverage and healthcare industries.
Prior to his investment management activities, Greg was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Advance Food Company, Inc., a manufacturing, sales and distribution company that he and his partners grew from $20 million to over $500 million in sales. In addition, Greg and his partners founded Advance Brands, LLC, a separate consumer products company, which they grew to over $200 million in revenue before selling it along with Advance Food Company in 2010.
Greg currently serves as the Chairman of Bold Rock Hard Cider and Balcones Distilling. He also is a Board Member of Airrosti Rehab Centers, American Fidelity Corporation and the Houston Astros major league baseball franchise. Greg is active on the non-profit boards of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, the Allen Family Foundation, and Charlottesville Community Baseball, Inc. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Lee M. Bass was elected to the Vanderbilt Board of Trust in 2009. He received his bachelor's degree in 1979 from Yale University and his master's of business administration in 1982 from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Bass is a Fort Worth, Texas, businessman who is President and CEO of LMBI, which engages in a variety of investment strategies. He served 12 years on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, six as chairman, and currently serves as chairman emeritus. He is a founding director of the International Rhino Foundation. Mr. Bass also serves on the board of the Peregrine Fund and the Fort Worth Modern Art Museum and a number of private foundations.
Adolpho Birch was elected to the Vanderbilt Board of Trust in 2014. He received his undergraduate degree in 1988 from Harvard University following which he earned a J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School in 1991.
Mr. Birch serves as Senior Vice President of Labor Policy & League Affairs for the National Football League, which is headquartered in New York, New York. Upon joining the NFL in 1997, his primary responsibility was the enforcement of the League's Collective Bargaining Agreement, which encompassed issues including player and Club contract and injury grievances, benefits matters and salary cap disputes. In his current capacity, he oversees the development, administration and enforcement of the League's critical policies respecting the integrity of the game, including those on substances of abuse, performance-enhancing drugs, gambling and criminal misconduct. Mr. Birch also has advanced the League's legislative and political interests, working with federal, state and local officials on key league issues such as youth concussion laws, the league's tax status and the FCC's blackout rule. He also previously directed the League's player development efforts, which comprise a number of programs designed to support player and employee off-field success, focusing on continuing education, financial education, career development and clinical assistance.
Prior to joining the NFL, Mr. Birch was in private practice in Houston, Texas, initially with Fulbright & Jaworski's Antitrust/Complex Litigation and Public Law group; and later with a boutique firm specializing in labor, insurance defense and municipal finance. Preceding his firm affiliations, he served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr., Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Mr. Birch attended Vanderbilt University Law School as a Patricia Roberts Harris Scholar, serving on the Editorial Board of the Vanderbilt Law Review and earning his juris doctorate in 1991. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard University, where he graduated with honors in Government and participated as a member of the junior varsity lacrosse and basketball teams, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. and other student organizations.
Mr. Birch was raised in Nashville and is actively involved in a number of professional and philanthropic organizations including the Sports Lawyers Association (Board Member), Partnership for Clean Competition (Board of Governors), Why Not Sports? (Board Member), New York City Business of Sports High School (Advisory Board Member) and the National Bar Association. In October 2010, Mr. Birch was chosen as one of the top 100 leaders of the African- American community by The Root, a media collaboration between scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and the Washington Post.
Perry Brandt was elected to the Vanderbilt Board of Trust in 2018. He received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt in 1974 after which he earned a JD from Vanderbilt School of Law in 1977.
Perry Brandt is the managing partner of the Kansas City office of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, where he leads initiatives focused on strategic growth, marketing, diversity, and attorney professional development. He has received numerous honors and awards including: “Best of the Bar” by the Kansas City Business Journal in 2017, Best Lawyers in America 2014 Securities Litigation Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America 2013 Regulatory Enforcement Lawyer of the Year, Top 100 Missouri Lawyer, Top 50 Kansas City Lawyer, and the 2009 Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association President’s Award.
Mr. Brandt presently serves as general counsel and board member to the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, as a member of the Missouri Bar Board of Governors, and as board chair of Wayside Waifs, a Kansas City animal shelter. He also recently served as president of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, on the board of directors of the Turning Point Center for Hope and Healing and the Children’s Place, and as board member and president of the DeLaSalle Charter High School.
Mr. Brandt and his wife, Liz, are supporters of DeLaSalle Education Center, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and the Children’s Place. At Vanderbilt, Mr. Brandt served as president of the Vanderbilt University Alumni Association (2016-2018), is the former president of the Kansas City Alumni Chapter, a former member of the Law Alumni Board, and served on the fundraising and attendance committees for his 35th reunion in 2009. The Brandts also support the National Commodore Club and the Law School.Mr. and Mrs. Brandt are the parents of Vanderbilt alumna, Elizabeth “Betsy” Brandt (B.A.’13). The Brandts serve as the “go-to” hosts for the Kansas City Summer Send-off parties.
Shirley M. Collado was elected to the Vanderbilt Board of Trust in 2014 and became an officer of the Board (Secretary) in 2015. She served as Secretary of the board through 2018.
Collado is the ninth president of Ithaca College. She is known nationally for designing and implementing innovative approaches to higher education that expand student access and success, and strengthen the pathways to the professoriate and academic leadership roles. She is a national thought leader on developing successful cross-sector collaborations in higher education and building the capacity for shared governance and innovation within organizations. Prior to her appointment at Ithaca College, Collado served as executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer at Rutgers University-Newark and as vice president for student affairs and dean of the college at Middlebury College. Her not-for-profit experience includes growing and managing the national work of The Posse Foundation, one of the most comprehensive college-access programs in the country, and founding the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network, which focuses on developing courageous leadership among college women to drive social change.
An expert in organizational behavior and development, Collado has held executive leadership roles in higher education for more than 16 years at private and public institutions, as well as in the nonprofit sector. Trained as a clinical psychologist at Duke University, Collado specializes in the intersection of race, ethnicity, and gender in trauma experiences and treatment. She has taught at a number of colleges and universities, including New York University, Georgetown University, George Mason University, the New School, Middlebury College, and Lafayette College.Collado received her undergraduate degree in human and organizational development and psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1994. She earned her MA and PhD degrees in clinical psychology from Duke University. Collado is married to A. Van Jordan, an award-winning poet and the Robert Hayden Collegiate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan.
Bruce R. Evans was elected to the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust in 2009 and became Chairman in 2017.
He is a Senior Advisor to Summit Partners, a global alternative investment firm managing more than $15 billion in capital dedicated to growth equity, venture capital, fixed income and public equity opportunities. He is also Chairman of Summit Partners' Board of Managers and has been a member of the firm's Board and management leadership group since co-leading a successful leveraged buyout of Summit from its founders in 1999. During his thirty-two year career as a venture capitalist, Mr. Evans has served as a director of more than 35 companies, including fourteen public companies. In addition, he was a member of the board of directors of the National Venture Capital Association from 2009 to 2014 and was named to the Forbes Midas List from 2006 to 2009. He is currently a director of Analog Devices (NASDAQ: ADI), a designer and manufacturer of high performance semiconductor products, Casa Systems (NASDAQ: CASA), a provider of next generation broadband communications infrastructure equipment, and two private companies. His prior public company directorships include Fleetcor Technologies, a provider of fleet credit cards and other specialized payment products for businesses (NYSE: FLT); and Pediatrix Medical Group, a comprehensive provider of neonatology services and other health solutions that was later renamed Mednax (NYSE: MD). Mr. Evans was also a member of the initial Board of Directors of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, after its 2016 spinoff from Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining Summit Partners in Boston in 1986, he sold mainframe computers for IBM in Louisville, Kentucky.Mr. Evans is a graduate of Huntington High School in Huntington, West Virginia and attended Vanderbilt as a recipient of a James W. Stewart, Jr. Honor Scholarship in Engineering. He graduated from the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering with a BE in Mechanical Engineering and Economics in 1981. He also received an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1986. Mr. Evans resides in Boston with his wife and they are parents of several recent Vanderbilt graduates.
Jay C. Hoag was elected to the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust in 2014.
Jay has been a venture capitalist and technology investor for 35 years. He and Rick Kimball co-founded TCV in 1995. Since that time, TCV has raised over $12 billion in capital and emerged as a leading provider of growth capital to technology companies. In addition to his investment activities, Jay is also a member of TCV's Executive Committee, which oversees general management of the Firm and its funds.
Prior to TCV, Jay was a Managing Director at Chancellor Capital Management, where he spent more than 12 years as a technology-focused venture capitalist and fund manager. He has been involved in a large number of technology investments, including Actuate Software, Ariba, Altiris (acquired by Symantec), BlueCoat Systems (formerly CacheFlow), C|NET, Encompass (acquired by Yahoo!), Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA), EXE Technologies (acquired by SSA Global), Expedia (NASDAQ: EXPE), Fandango (acquired by Comcast), Facebook (NASDAQ: FB), Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN), Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX), ONYX Software, RealNetworks (NASDAQ: RNWK), SpringStreet (acquired by Homestore.com), TechTarget, Vacationspot.com (acquired by Expedia), Viant (acquired by iXL), and Zillow (NASDAQ: Z). Jay has been recognized numerous times by Forbes on its Midas List as one of the industry's top technology investors.
He is currently on the board of directors of Avvo, Electronic Arts, Netflix, Prodege (parent company of Swagbucks), VICE Media, and Zillow.
Jay is on the Investment Advisory Committee at the University of Michigan and the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University.
He is also a lifelong Cubs fan, which has built tremendous character and required infinite patience. It also meant that 2016 was a crazy and ecstatic year.
Jay received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Andrew Hoine was elected to the Vanderbilt Board of Trust in 2018. He received a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt in 1996.
Mr. Hoine is a partner, co-portfolio manager, and the director of research at Paulson and Company, Inc., a private hedge fund sponsor. Mr. Hoine is a trustee of the Collegiate School, on the Board of Directors of Common Sense Media and a former member of the Board of Trustees at the Park Avenue Synagogue.
At Vanderbilt, Mr. Hoine has been a member of the College of Arts and Science Board of Visitors since 2009. He and his wife Jennifer established a scholarship to provide need-based support in the College of Arts and Science in addition to establishing the Andrew and Jennifer Hoine Chair in Economics to support a faculty member in the Department of Economics at the College of Arts and Science. The Hoines have also been generous supporters of faculty research efforts. Mr. Hoine also served as a community member of the VUMC Trademark License Revenue Advisory Group and the Arts and Science dean search committee.
Jennifer and Andrew Hoine have two children and reside in New York City.
Kito Huggins received his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt in 1996 after which he earned a J.D in 1999 from Vanderbilt Law School.
Mr. Huggins is director of executive administration at Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP in New York City. In this role, he spearheads the firm’s global alumni program, career exploration and transition assistance for associates and alumni. Mr. Huggins speaks at conferences sponsored by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, National Association of Law Placement, Society for Human Resource Management, and law student association career fairs, including the National Diversity Pre-law Conference and Law Fair. He began his legal career as a litigation associate in the New York office of Shearman & Sterling LLP, and was a former federal law clerk to The Honorable U.W. Clemon, retired Chief Justice of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.
As a student at Vanderbilt, Mr. Huggins was Student Body President, a member of the Honor Council, sang with the Voices of Praise, participated in the LGBTQIA, and was a member of the Black Law Students Association. As an alumnus, he is a member of the Chancellor’s ‘Dores of Distinction, the Association of Vanderbilt Black Alumni (AVBA), served as a regional contact for the AVBA, as promotions chair for the 2014 Law School reunion, as a 2016 Giving Day Ambassador, and as the 1996 class party chair for the 2016 Undergraduate Reunion. Mr. Huggins’ gifts to Vanderbilt have supported Voices of Praise, the Black Law Students Association, Peabody College and the Law School.Mr. Huggins resides in New York City.
John R. Ingram was elected to a third term on the Vanderbilt Board in 2014. He graduated from Princeton University in 1984 after which he earned a MBA from Vanderbilt in 1986.
Mr. Ingram is the Chairman of Ingram Industries Inc. and Chairman of Ingram Content Group, a division which focuses on physical and digital content services in the book industry. He joined Ingram Industries in 1986, serving in increasingly responsible roles early in his career. In the early 90’s, he moved to Southern California and then to Europe working for Ingram Micro. Mr. Ingram returned back to Nashville and became the predecessor to Ingram Content Group in 1995. He was a member of the Ingram Micro Board from 1996 until its sale in late 2016. Mr. Ingram was named Chairman of the Ingram Industries Inc. Board of Directors in 2008, having served as Vice Chairman of the Board since 1999.
Mr. Ingram and his wife, Stephanie (Vanderbilt ‘85) were founding benefactors of Currey Ingram Academy in Brentwood, Tennessee. Mr. Ingram also has provided financial support and served on numerous other national and local non-profits including the National Center for Learning Disabilities, the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, The Harpeth Hall School, and Montgomery Bell Academy.
Mr. Ingram has participated philanthropically across the Vanderbilt campus with a particular passion for athletics, most recently providing lead gifts for the Vanderbilt Recreation Center and Multipurpose Facility Expansion and the renovations of the McGugin Center Training Room and Vanderbilt Baseball Facilities.
As an avid sports enthusiast, Mr. Ingram was the lead investor to direct the effort to bring Major League Soccer to Nashville. In December of 2017, the MLS Board of Governors awarded the city of Nashville an expansion team, a huge success for the city and Nashville soccer fans.
Mr. Ingram and his wife, Stephanie reside in Nashville with their four children.
Aditya “Ditty” Karhade graduated from Vanderbilt in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He is currently pursuing a medical degree from Harvard Medical School and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
While a Vanderbilt student, Mr. Karhade served as a research assistant in Vanderbilt’s Laboratory for Biotechnology and Nanomedicine, in Functional Neurosurgery at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and at the Mayo Clinic in the summer of 2013. In summer 2014, he was a research fellow at the University of Leipzig, Germany. While a student, Mr. Karhade also participated in the Multicultural Leadership Council, Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science, Alternative Spring Break, and Vanderbilt Engineering World Health. In 2011, he founded BhangraDores, a South Asian dance troupe that specializes in Bhangra, a form of Indian music and dance that dates to the 11th century. Mr. Karhade was a member of the undergraduate Honor Council, the Engineering Honor Society Tau Beta Pi, and was a peer mentor for VUcept.
Mr. Karhade was elected as Vanderbilt’s first Young Alumni Leader in April 2015. He began serving a three-year term on the Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board in July 2015 following which a two-year term on the Board of Trust commences. He is a CoRPs volunteer, a GOLD Class Agent, a Senior Class Fund volunteer, and a Giving Day Ambassador.Mr. Karhade and his wife Deepti reside in Roxbury Crossing, MA.
Kathleen Justice-Moore received a B.A. degree from Arizona State University in 1987 followed by a J.D. degree in 1991 from Vanderbilt Law School.
Ms. Justice-Moore began practicing law immediately following her graduation from Vanderbilt Law School, specializing in employment law and litigation. She joined the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in 2001 as Associate General Counsel and Research Director and, in 2004, became a trustee of the foundation, which grants awards to support environmental conservation, scientific research, patient care, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a current trustee of Ocean Conservancy and a former trustee of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health.At Vanderbilt, Ms. Justice-Moore was a member of the Law School’s Board of Advisors from 2010 to 2013 and she and her husband have endowed the Justice-Moore Family Scholarship to provide support based on financial need to deserving students enrolled at the Law School, requesting that preference be given to students who show an interest in working in the non-profit sector or in public service upon graduation.
Steven H. Madden was elected as a Trustee in 2016. He graduated from Vanderbilt in 1991 with a major in Human Organizational Development. He also attended the University of Innsbruck, Austria in 1989.
Mr. Madden has assembled a portfolio of companies and is Chairman and CEO of Dan-Loc Group, WeldFit Energy Group, Ashburn Chemical Technologies, Apex Properties, Apex Capital Investments, and Apex Heritage Group. He has built, acquired, merged and sold many businesses, real estate holdings, and investments in and around the industrial, automotive, aerospace and energy industries for over 26 years. Mr. Madden’s competencies include manufacturing, engineering, distribution, and service companies established around the world. More recently, he has been involved in international trade and created strategic partnerships in the United Kingdom, the Peoples Republic of China, Latin America, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Malaysia.
Mr. Madden is passionate about helping transform organizations from good to great, whether they are for-profit or nonprofit.
For decades, Mr. Madden has also served on a variety of nonprofit boards fulfilling such roles as Chairman, President, Long Range Planning Chair, and Educational Chair for organizations such as international commerce and industry associations, recreational clubs, youth sports associations, continuing educational groups, and churches. Mr. Madden’s continuing education includes personal coaches since 1991, Vistage since 1999, and Young Presidents Organization (YPO) since 2008. As a man of strong personal faith, Mr. Madden also stays active in their Catholic church, St. Cecilia’s.
At Vanderbilt, the Maddens chaired the Parents Leadership Committee (2015-2016) and co-founded the Madden Family Scholarship Fund and the Dr. Innes Scholarship Fund.Mr. Madden has a strong belief in continuing education, giving back to the community, mentoring, pursuit for the ‘greater good’, and personal development.
Mark P. Mays, elected as a Trustee in 2013, graduated from Vanderbilt with a B.A., cum laude, in Economics and Mathematics in 1985. He also received an M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from Columbia University in 1989. Mark Mays is CEO of Rocking M Capital and a Principal of Mays Family Enterprises.
Mark worked at Clear Channel Communications from 1989-2013 where he had various positions including Chairman/CEO. During that time frame, Clear Channel grew into a Multi Media Company in Radio, Outdoor, Television and Live Events. At one point Clear Channel owned over 1,200 Radio Stations, over 600,000 outdoor advertising displays, and various Television Stations and Live Event venues which operated in 65 countries and generated over $8 Billion in Revenue.
He serves on the board of the Alamo Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, the Southwest Research Institute, and the Texas Biomedical Research Foundation.
Doug Parker received his undergraduate degree from Albion College in 1984 after which he earned an MBA at the Owen Graduate School of Business at Vanderbilt in 1986.
Mr. Parker is chairman and chief executive officer of American Airlines Group, the largest airline in the United States. American Airlines Group was created by a merger between US Airways Group and American Airlines, finalized in 2013. Mr. Parker was instrumental in the merger, having served as chairman and chief executive officer of US Airways Group since 2005. Prior to heading US Airways, he was Chairman and CEO of America West.
At Vanderbilt, Mr. Parker is on the Board of Visitors of the Owen Graduate School of Management and the Parents Leadership Committee. He received the 2017 Alumni Professional Achievement Award, the 2004 Owen Distinguished Alumnus Award, and was the 2013 Owen Commencement speaker. He and his wife, Gwen have established The Rev. James M. Lawson Jr. need-based scholarship at Vanderbilt and an Innovation in Leadership scholarship at the Owen Graduate School of Management.The Parkers live in Dallas, Texas and are the parents of Vanderbilt graduate Jackson (B.A.’17), and Freshman Eliza.
Courtney Clark Pastrick was elected to the Vanderbilt Board of Trust in 2010. She earned her Juris Doctor in 1980 from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. She earned her B.A. from Duke University in 1977.
Ms. Pastrick is the Board Chair of the A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation, a private family foundation funded by the Clark Family.
A member of the District of Columbia and Maryland Bar Association, Ms. Pastrick has served as Deputy Legal Counsel to the House Agriculture Committee of the United States House of Representatives from 1985-1986. She served as an attorney with the law firm of Shapiro & Olander of Baltimore, Maryland from 1982-1984 and was a Judicial Clerk for Judge Charles R. Richey in the United States District Court, Washington, D.C. from 1980-1982.
Ms. Pastrick has been active in the D.C. non-profit community serving in leadership roles with numerous education and community service organizations. Currently, she serves on the Board of Trustees for DC-CAP (a college access program for public and charter school students in the District of Columbia) and Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation in addition to Vanderbilt University.
Ms. Pastrick resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland with her husband, R. Scott Pastrick, President and CEO of Prime Policy Group, a WPP Worldwide company. They are the parents of three Vanderbilt Alumni: daughters Carter (Peabody '09), and Cameron (Peabody '10), and son Clark (Peabody '14).
Dr. David W. Patterson (B.A.’81, M.D.’85, Vanderbilt) was elected to the Board of Trust in 2013. He is an internal medicine specialist engaged in private practice in the Washington, D.C., area. He also is an associate clinical professor of medicine at George Washington University Medical Center, where he served on the Education Evaluation Committee from 1990 to 2013.
Dr. Patterson is past president of the Vanderbilt Medical Alumni Association and was a member of the board from 2004 to 2012. In 2012, he and his late wife, Linda Young (B.A. ’81) established a scholarship at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine named for Dr. Patterson’s late parents. Dr. Patterson was elected to the Vanderbilt Medical Center Affairs Committee as a community member in July, 2012 prior to his election to the University’s Board of Trust. He also currently serves on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Board of Directors.He is a member of the American College of Physicians and a graduate of Leadership Washington. In 2012, he was elected to the Vanderbilt Chapter of AOA medical honor society. Dr. Patterson has been chosen by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America in each selection since 1995. The Washingtonian magazine has named Dr. Patterson one of the top doctors for internal medicine since 1995. From 1999 to 2005, he served on the Board of Governors of the Abramson Scholarship Foundation, which provides financial and mentoring support to D.C. public school students interested in a college education.
Ross Perot, Jr., was elected to the Vanderbilt Board of Trust in 2010.
A Dallas, Texas native Ross Perot, Jr. serves as Chairman of The Perot Group, which manages the various Perot family interests that include real estate, oil and gas and financial investments. Additionally, Mr. Perot is Chairman of Hillwood, a Texas-based, leading global real estate development company which he founded in 1988.
Mr. Perot is a founder of Perot Systems Corporation and served in various roles including CEO, Chairman of the Board, and a member of its Board of Directors, until the company was acquired by Dell Inc. in 2009. Mr. Perot served on the Dell Inc. Board of Directors from 2009-2013.
An aviation enthusiast, Mr. Perot completed the first helicopter flight around the world in less than 30 days in 1982, and served as a pilot in the United States Air Force for over 8 years. Perot then served as chairman of the Air Force Memorial Foundation where he led a 14-year effort to build the United States Air Force Memorial in Washington, DC, honoring the men and women of the United States Air Force. The Memorial was dedicated to the Nation in October 2006.
Mr. Perot has won numerous awards throughout his life and career including the Gold Medal Award for Extraordinary Service from President Ronald Reagan, the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. Most recently, Mr. Perot was inducted into Junior Achievement's 2017 Dallas Business Hall of Fame, was named one of the Most Powerful Business Leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth as a member of the 'Dallas 500' by D Magazine and was co-awarded, alongside his father, the inaugural Vision Award from the Urban Land Institute North Texas District Council.Mr. Perot currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the EastWest Institute and serves on the boards of the Dallas Citizens Council, Vanderbilt University, and the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum.
Jeffrey J. Rothschild was elected a Trustee in 2014. He earned a B.A. degree in 1977 and M.S. in 1979 from Vanderbilt.
Mr. Rothschild served as vice president of infrastructure engineering at Facebook from 2005-2015. After earning his master's degree in computer science, he has been a co-founder of several technology and software companies including Veritas Software. Mr. Rothschild is engaged in early stage technology and impact investing.
As an alumnus, Mr. Rothschild serves on Vanderbilt's Technology Transfer and Enterprise Development Advisory Committee and has participated in Bay Area Vanderbilt University alumni activities. He and his wife, Marieke, have supported the College Halls initiative and scholarships in the College of Arts and Science and School of Engineering.
Dr. Robert C. (Bob) Schiff, Jr. was elected to the Board of Trust in 2013. He graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt with a B.S. degree in 1977. He attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, earning the M.D. in 1981, after which his pediatric residency was spent at Cincinnati Children's Hospital where he also served as pediatric chief resident.
A practicing pediatrician in Cincinnati, Dr. Schiff is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a member of the Ohio Academy of Pediatrics and the Cincinnati Pediatric Society. He also served on the Board of Trust of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, and was previously involved with Kids Helping Kids (Adolescent Substance Abuse treatment facility). He was formerly a member of the Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati, now known as PreventionFIRST. Dr. Schiff and his family have established the Schiff Family Scholarship at Vanderbilt for need-based aid in support of undergraduate students from the Cincinnati area.
Dr. Schiff and his wife Dawn live in Cincinnati and are the parents of Meredith ('06), Reed and Austin ('12).
Alexander C. Taylor, elected as a Trustee in 2015, received a bachelor's degree in science with a focus on human and organizational development from Vanderbilt in 1997.
Alex Taylor is the President and CEO of Cox Enterprises, a private, family-owned company based in Atlanta, Georgia with more than $20 billion in annual revenues and 60,000 employees worldwide. He oversees the company’s three subsidiaries, Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group, as well as its long-term growth and investment plans. He serves on Cox Enterprises’ board of directors and is the great-grandson of James M. Cox, who founded the company in 1898.
Taylor previously served as COO and executive vice president of strategic investments at Cox Enterprises, where he had oversight of diversification funds in a wide-range of businesses, including energy, technology and health care. He led the creation of Techstars Atlanta, an incubator funded by Cox with the goal of creating and keeping start-ups in the metropolitan Atlanta region.
During his 18-year career at Cox, Taylor has held numerous positions within the company. He was senior vice president of field operations for Cox Communications, the company’s broadband and cable division. As executive vice president of Cox Media Group, he oversaw its largest television, radio, newspaper and digital properties, and led the creation of the company’s first cross-platform newsroom. Taylor began his career as a reporter for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel in Colorado.
Taylor is the former board chair of American Rivers and is a board member of the Food Well Alliance and PATH Foundation. An avid outdoorsman and conservationist, he is the author of “The Longest Cast: The Fly-Fishing Journey of a Lifetime.” He donated the royalties from the book to the preservation of challenged fishing sanctuaries.Alex and his wife Greer have two young children and reside in Atlanta.
Nora Wingfield Tyson was elected to the Vanderbilt Board of Trust in 2018. She retired from the United States Navy in September of 2017 after serving honorably for over 38 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt in 1979 and a master’s degree in national security and strategic affairs from the United States Naval War College in 1995.
Vice Admiral Tyson served as the Commander of the United States Navy’s Third Fleet, making her the first woman to lead a U.S. Navy Ship Fleet (July 2015-September 2017). Prior to serving as Fleet Commander, she served as Deputy Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Vice Director of the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C. She was the first woman to command a Carrier Strike Group, leading 80 combat aircraft and 13 ships, including her flagship, USS George H.W. Bush, on its maiden deployment - a combat deployment to the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Arabian Sea/Gulf areas of operations. She also served as Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific/Task Force 73, based in Singapore; as Navigator on USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and as Commanding Officer of USS Bataan (LHD-5), an amphibious assault ship. Vice Admiral Tyson led the Navy’s initial response to disaster relief after Hurricane Katrina, as well as two deployments to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Her awards include the 1997 Distinguished Alumni Award from St. Mary’s Episcopal School in Memphis, TN, the 2018 Margaret Cochran Corbin Award from Daughters of the American Revolution and the 2018 Tri Delta Woman of Achievement Award.
At Vanderbilt, she was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012 and officiated Vanderbilt’s ROTC commissioning ceremony in May of 2012 and 2018. She has supported Athletics, the College of Arts and Science and the Wild Bunch Acquisitions Fund.
She and her husband, Wayne, reside in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Mark Wilf was elected to the Vanderbilt Board of Trust in 2016. He received his B.S.E. degree from Princeton University (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 1984) and earned his J.D. degree from NYU School of Law (1987).
Mark is a principal of Garden Homes, his family's real estate firm, which is one of the largest real estate developers in the United States. In addition, he serves as Owner/President of the Minnesota Vikings football team which his family purchased in 2005. Most recently, Mark led two of the most significant initiatives in the team's history with the new US Bank Stadium development project and the successful bid to bring Super Bowl LII to Minnesota, both creating a significant impact for the community and state.
Mark is deeply committed to the importance of philanthropic giving. He serves as a trustee of the Wilf Family Foundations and on numerous charitable and educational boards and committees, including as a trustee of NYU School of Law and as a member of Princeton's Capital Leadership Committee. In recent years, he has served as National Campaign Chairman of JFNA (Jewish Federations of North America) and chair of its national initiative to raise funds for the social welfare of Holocaust survivors living in the U.S.
As the son of Holocaust survivors, Elizabeth and Joseph Wilf, he has drawn upon his parents' experiences to become an unwavering advocate for needs of the Jewish people, wherever they may be. The Wilf family, a major and longtime supporter of Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, is the largest contributor to its world-renowned Holocaust History Museum. The Wilfs are also key benefactors of Yeshiva University in New York where the main campus has been renamed as the Wilf Campus of Yeshiva University.
Jon Winkelried, elected as a Vanderbilt Trustee in 2012 and vice chairman of the Board in 2014, received an A.B. in Economics and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Mr. Winkelried is currently co-CEO of TPG Holdings/TPG Capital, L.P., one of the world's largest alternative asset management firms. He was with the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. for more than 27 years when he retired in 2009 as the company's president and co-chief operating officer. He also serves as a strategic advisor to Thrive Capital, a New York based venture capital firm. He serves on the Board of Directors for Evolution Media, Delos Living LLC, and Bounty Minerals and is on the Board of Overseers for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He was a member of the Board of the University of Chicago from 2006 to 2012.
At Vanderbilt, Mr. Winkelried chairs the Board of Trust Investment Committee and also serves as a member of the Vanderbilt Technology Transfer and Enterprise Development Advisory Committee. In addition, he and his wife Abby were the Vanderbilt Parents Campaign co-chairs for 2011-2012. They have been members of the Parents Leadership Committee since 2010 and are the parents of Jennifer, currently studying for her Masters at VUSN (2017); Matthew, VU (2012); and Jane, a former Vanderbilt student.
Mr. and Mrs. Winkelried live in San Francisco, California and Hobe Sound, Florida.
Nicholas S. Zeppos was named Vanderbilt University’s eighth chancellor on March 1, 2008. A distinguished legal scholar, teacher and executive, Zeppos served from 2002 to 2008 as Vanderbilt’s chief academic officer, overseeing the university’s undergraduate, graduate and professional education programs as well as research efforts in liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, education, business, law and divinity. As provost and vice chancellor, he chaired Vanderbilt’s budgeting and capital planning council and led all fundraising and alumni relations efforts across the institution, in addition to overseeing the dean of students and dean of admissions.
Zeppos has led a number of important initiatives at Vanderbilt, including the planning processes for The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, a landmark transformation of the first-year experience; Warren and Moore colleges for upperclassmen; and Vanderbilt Barnard College, the next phase of the university’s unique living-learning residential college system. Other key advancements include the restructuring of the institution to split out clinical health care operations into a new corporate entity; the Academic Strategic Planning Group; innovative efforts in undergraduate admissions and financial aid; and the development of new programs in Jewish studies, law and economics and genetics. In February of 2016, Zeppos was honored by Insight Into Diversity magazine for his commitment to diversity and inclusion with its national Giving Back award.
In a bold move to strengthen Vanderbilt’s commitment to admitting undergraduates on the basis of accomplishment and achievement, rather than their ability to pay, Zeppos created an expanded financial aid program in 2009. By replacing undergraduate need-based loans with grant and scholarship assistance, this transformative initiative allows Vanderbilt to open its doors wider to highly talented and qualified students of all economic, cultural and geographical backgrounds. The expanded aid program is a top university priority and is funded by a combination of strategic budget allocations and gifts from thousands of generous donors to Opportunity Vanderbilt, a campaign to increase undergraduate scholarship endowment.
Zeppos joined the Vanderbilt community in 1987 as an assistant professor in the Law School, where he has been recognized with five teaching awards. He subsequently served as an associate dean, then as associate provost before being named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs in 2002. He served as interim chancellor of the university from August 1, 2007, until March 1, 2008, when he was appointed chancellor.
The Chancellor is a member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and serves on a number of institutions’ Board of Directors: Association of American Universities, Foundation for Educational Exchange Between Canada and the United States of America (Fulbright Canada), Mary Parrish Center, Consortium on Financing Higher Education, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He also recently served as president of the Southeastern Conference and co-chair of the United States Senate-appointed Task Force on Government Regulation of Higher Education.
He is married to Lydia A. Howarth, an accomplished editor. They have two sons, Benjamin and Nicholas.