I will often and unapologetically espouse the increasing importance of accessibility and inclusion at Vanderbilt. They are topics that are ever-present on our campus, and they are the reason for placing so much emphasis on Opportunity Vanderbilt. But make no mistake: They are vital at every other college and university as well. A high-quality, accessible education should be a uniting factor across our society, not just another differentiator.

During my time as chancellor, I have learned that our everyday mission is—however paradoxically—not just about Vanderbilt. It goes deeper and broader. As one of America’s leading research universities, our success is dependent on the strength of the higher education system at large. Just as we learn from and are complemented by other institutions, we also set

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