August 6, 2004

Special Events director named

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Stephanie Schultz

Special Events director named

Stephanie Schultz has been named the new director of Medical Center Special Events.

The office is responsible for organizing a variety of functions at the Medical Center, including the annual “turkey toss” in December, the Canby Robinson fundraiser dinner each spring, and several other events.

However, the office also works with other departments at Vanderbilt to organize events such as the upcoming Employee Celebration month, which begins Sept. 7.

“The Office of Special Events plays a central role in this Medical Center. The fact that our faculty and staff feel so at home at Vanderbilt is in no small measure due to the wonderful social events we are able to conduct because of the creative planning and execution by Medical Center Special Events,” said Harry R. Jacobson, M.D., vice chancellor for Health Affairs.

When Schultz first came to Vanderbilt, she said she was greatly encouraged by the atmosphere in the office.

“The Medical Center Special Events office at Vanderbilt has a great reputation, and everyone I’ve come into contact with here has just been so gracious and welcoming. The staff definitely promotes a family environment.”

The Special Events office was created by Andrea Williams Carroll in 1975. Carroll, the office’s previous director, died this past January.

“We were fortunate to have Andrea’s leadership for 28 years and knew that finding the right successor would be very important,” Jacobson said.

“Event planning is very exciting and never boring. You get to meet a variety of people and learn the most interesting things. The exposure to such a wide range of people is the best part about this job,” Schultz said.

Schultz has previously held positions as an events coordinator at the University of Colorado and the University of Denver.

“Stephanie has great experience, is very professional, and, like Andrea, brings an engaging personality into her work.” Jacobson said. “All of us are looking forward to working with Stephanie as she makes her mark on the social scene that is such an important part of this Medical Center.”

Schultz is confident that the Medical Center Special Events office has a bright future.

“I have a great staff, and I’m very excited to work with them. This department has done a great job so far, and I’m looking forward to continuing with their success,” Schultz said.