Divinity School

Dear alumni and friends,

As the 2017-18 academic year gets underway, Vanderbilt Divinity School is thriving because of supporters like you. Returning and new students are pursuing their visions for a better world. In this season of possibilities, I am pleased to share news with members of our dedicated community.

We began a renovation of the school this year, and on May 5, broke ground on a 13,641-square-foot addition. These new spaces will encourage discussion, learning and positive solutions for our rapidly changing society.

Sadly, in June, Dale P. Andrews, the Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and Distinguished Professor of Homiletics, Social Justice and Practical Theology, lost his battle with cancer. He was honored by family, friends, colleagues and students at a memorial service on August 12.

On October 17, we will honor this year’s recipients of the Distinguished Alumni/ae Award for the Divinity School and the Graduate Department of Religion:

 The breadth of remarkable work that our Divinity School leaders bring to the world inspires our students. 

They look to the efforts of Rabbi Fuchs and Chandra Smith, and people like you to forge paths and create opportunities. Nearly 99 percent of our students could not attend Vanderbilt without the vital scholarships made available to them through annual philanthropic gifts. For our students—like Joy Bronson who, by advising faith-based nonprofit organizations on strategic development, proactively pays forward the donor generosity that supports her theological training—you are Vanderbilt and you are hope.

Preparing the next generation of social leaders isn’t possible without you. I invite you to partner with me to provide scholarship assistance to our students. Join me in making a gift today. 

On behalf of our grateful students and faculty, I extend my heartfelt appreciation. Thank you for believing in our mission to advance theological education, and for supporting the Divinity School.


Emilie M. Townes
Dean and E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Chair
Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society