Nicholas S. Zeppos

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Nicholas S. Zeppos
Vanderbilt Commencement Zeppos Ingram.jpg
Zeppos, pictured with former Vanderbilt Board of Trust Chairman Martha Rivers Ingram
8th Chancellor of Vanderbilt University
In office
August 1, 2007 – present
Preceded by Gordon Gee
Personal details
Born 1954
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Spouse(s) Lydia Howarth
Children Benjamin and Nicholas
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Madison (B.A.)
University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D.)

Nicholas S. Zeppos (born 1954) is an American lawyer and university administrator. He serves as the eighth Chancellor of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.[1]


Early life[edit]

Nicholas Zeppos was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1954. He received both his B.A. in history and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


He started his career as a practicing attorney in Washington, D.C..

He joined the faculty of the Vanderbilt Law School in 1987. During his tenure at Vanderbilt, he has held a number of posts, including professor of law, associate dean of the law school, associate provost for academic affairs, vice chancellor for institutional planning and advancement, and, in 2001, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.[2] In this last role, he oversaw academics, development, alumni relations, and residential and student life.[3] After Gordon Gee's departure in 2007, he was named interim chancellor. He was named chancellor suo jure on March 1, 2008, by the university's Board of Trust.

He has also written widely on legislation, administrative law, and professional responsibility. He has served as the chair of the Scholars Committee on the Federal Judiciary and as chair of the Rules Advisory Committee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Lydia Howarth, a writer, and has two sons.[2] In 2008, he earned $2.4 million.[4]


  1. ^ Middlebrooks, Elizabeth (2008-03-01). "No longer 'iChancellor,' Zeppos confirmed to permanent position". The Vanderbilt Hustler. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  2. ^ a b c "Zeppos named interim chancellor". The Vanderbilt Register (Vanderbilt University). 2007-07-13. Retrieved 2007-07-16. 
  3. ^ "Vanderbilt Provost Office". Vanderbilt University. 2005. Retrieved 2007-07-16. 
  4. ^ Staff Reports, 'Vandy chancellor among top earners', The Tennessean, November 14, 2010 [1]

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Academic offices
Preceded by
E. Gordon Gee
Vanderbilt University Chancellors
March 1, 2008 – present
Succeeded by