Nicholas S. Zeppos

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For the Greek army officer, see Nicholas Zeppos (army general).
Nicholas S. Zeppos
Vanderbilt Commencement Zeppos Ingram.jpg
Zeppos, pictured with former Vanderbilt Chairwoman Martha Rivers Ingram
8th Chancellor of Vanderbilt University
Assumed office
August 1, 2007
Preceded by Gordon Gee
Personal details
Born 1954
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Spouse(s) Lydia Howarth
Children Benjamin and Nicholas
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Madison

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

Early life[edit]

Nicholas Zeppos was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1954. He received both his B.A. in history in 1976 and his J.D. in 1979 from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[2][3] In 1978-9, he served as the editor-in-chief of the Wisconsin Law Review.[4][5]


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

Zeppos joined the faculty of the Vanderbilt Law School in 1987.[2] 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.[6] In this last role, he oversaw academics, development, alumni relations, and residential and student life.[7] 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.[6]

Zeppos serves on the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board, a program of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.[2] He also serves on the Board of Directors of Fulbright Canada.[8]

Zeppos was the fifth highest-paid university president in the United States in 2012, with an estimated salary of US$2.2 million according to Forbes.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Zeppos is married to Lydia Howarth, a writer, and has two sons.[6] In 2008, he earned $2.4 million.[9]


  1. ^ a b Von Riper, Tom (December 10, 2012). "The Highest-Paid College Presidents: Nicholas Zeppos". Forbes. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Nicholas S. Zeppos". Vanderbilt Law School. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b c "Zeppos named interim chancellor". The Vanderbilt Register. Vanderbilt University. 2007-07-13. Retrieved 2007-07-16. 
  7. ^ "Vanderbilt Provost Office". Vanderbilt University. 2005. Retrieved 2007-07-16. 
  8. ^ "Board of Directors". Fulbright Canada. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  9. ^ Staff Reports, 'Vandy chancellor among top earners', The Tennessean, November 14, 2010 [1]

External links[edit]

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