Joe B. Wyatt

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Joe B. Wyatt

Joe Billy Wyatt[1] served as the sixth chancellor of Vanderbilt University from 1982 to 2000.[2]


A native of Texas, Wyatt received degrees in mathematics from Texas Christian University and the University of Texas.[2] In 1956 he worked as a computer scientist for General Dynamics Corporation.[3] He cofounded Symbiotics International in 1965.[3]

He taught computer sciences at the University of Houston from 1965 to 1972.[2] He moved to Harvard University, where he first worked in the Office of Information Technology from 1972 to 1976 and as Vice President for Administration from 1976 to 1982.[2] He led EDUCOM, a computer education network of 450 institutions and co-wrote Financial Planning Models for Colleges and Universities.[3] He served as the sixth chancellor of Vanderbilt University from 1982 to 2000.[2]

He served as Director of Ingram Industries from April 1990 to October 1996.[4] He is a Director of El Paso Corporation and Chairman of the Universities Research Association.[4] He is also a Director of the Advanced Network and Services, the EAA Aviation Foundation, Ingram Micro, Inc., and Hercules, Inc..[3] He was a co-founder of the Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation, and is a former Chairman of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Government Industry Research Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences.[3] He is also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Beta Gamma Sigma.,[3] and Educause.[5]


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Academic offices
Preceded by
G. Alexander Heard
Chancellor of Vanderbilt University
Succeeded by
Gordon Gee