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Wente, Pinson visit state leaders during Vanderbilt’s Day on the Hill

Mar. 9, 2017, 9:49 AM

Provost Susan R. Wente and VUMC Deputy CEO Wright Pinson flank House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) and Mr. Commodore during the 2017 Day on the Hill. (Joe Howell/Vanderbilt)

Vanderbilt’s annual Day on the Hill March 7 allowed campus leaders to meet with members of the Tennessee General Assembly to thank them for their service to the state and for their continuing partnerships.

University Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente and Vanderbilt University Medical Center Deputy CEO and Chief Health System Officer Dr. C. Wright Pinson met with leaders in the Tennessee House and Senate during the afternoon-long event.

Walking down a hallway at Legislative Plaza lined with banners touting Vanderbilt’s contributions to every county in Tennessee, Interim Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Nathan Green, VUMC Deputy CEO C. Wright Pinson and Provost Susan R. Wente prepare to meet with legislators during the 2017 Day on the Hill. (Joe Howell/Vanderbilt)

The halls of Legislative Plaza were decorated with banners displaying Vanderbilt’s impact in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties. Wente, Pinson and Interim Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Nathan Green led the Vanderbilt group.

VUMC Deputy CEO C. Wright Pinson and Provost Susan R. Wente visit with Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) in his legislative office during the 2017 Day on the Hill. (Joe Howell/Vanderbilt)

“Vanderbilt wants to serve as a partner and as a resource to the leaders in our state and local governments on issues that come before them to help craft policies that benefit Tennesseans,” Wente said.

“Through Vanderbilt University Medical Center and our colleagues located across the state in the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network, we are here to improve the health of the citizens of Tennessee,” Pinson said. “We want to continue to work collaboratively with members of the General Assembly to help achieve this common goal.

Provost Susan R. Wente talks with House Education, Administration and Planning Chair Harry Brooks (R-Knoxville) as VUMC Deputy CEO C. Wright Pinson and Nathan Green listen during the 2017 Day on the Hill. (Joe Howell/Vanderbilt)

In meetings with legislators, Wente talked about the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s innovation hub designed to foster collaboration within the institution as well as with community partners. She welcomed policymakers to use Vanderbilt’s resources to help brainstorm solutions to complex issues facing our society.

Green echoed Wente’s sentiments. “With our experts and their research, Vanderbilt is an incredible resource to the state in creating innovative public policy,” he said.

Interim Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Nathan Green talks with Bill Dobbins of the Rural Health Association of Tennessee during the 2017 Day on the Hill. (Joe Howell/Vanderbilt)

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