Ingram Center for Student-Athlete Success Details Revealed


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt announces the creation of the Ingram Center for Student-Athlete Achievement, which will be funded by a portion of the main donation to the Vandy United campaign made by longtime supporter and board member John R. Ingram.

Housed in a central location at the McGugin Center, this initiative represents a restructured approach to how Vanderbilt Athletics will support academic, personal and professional development.

“The Ingram Center for Student-Athlete Success symbolizes the Vandy United campaign’s ongoing promise to give our student-athletes every opportunity to succeed,” said Candice Lee, Vice Chancellor of Athletics and University Affairs and Director sports. “Through John Ingram’s generosity, the Center will help today’s champions become tomorrow’s leaders. It is gratifying to see this vision come to fruition after long and intensive planning, including the considerable time and energy invested personally by John.

Last year, in addition to winning two conference championships, an individual national championship, and competing in a world championship, Vanderbilt student-athletes were honored as recipients of the SEC Community Service Award and CoSIDA Academic All- Americans, as well as a Fulbright Scholar and the recipient of the NCAA Graduate Scholarship for Ethnic Minorities and Women’s Enhancement. “Our student-athletes are incredible and deserve our best. The Ingram Center is a concrete example of what ‘our best’ looks like,” Lee said.

All Vanderbilt student-athletes will benefit from the Center’s one-on-one planning and mentoring and receive personalized support tailored to their specific needs. Examples include financial literacy, leadership training, national and international service learning opportunities, internships, personal branding and name, image and likeness support, and development of entrepreneurship. Under the leadership of Associate Athletic Director Alison Wenzel, the center will combine the efforts of current student services and student-athlete development staff into a single entity.

“The Ingram Center for Student-Athlete Success is an innovative approach to providing a holistic experience for student-athletes,” Wenzel said. “We will walk alongside them on their Vanderbilt journey and provide resources so they can explore their passions. Who are they, what drives them and where will they find success after Vanderbilt – All of these questions and more will be answered through the student-athlete support services provided by the Ingram Center.

Additional staff will soon join the Vanderbilt team, and the support network will also include collaborations with alumni, campus partners and local community members.

“At its core, Vandy United reflects the university’s commitment to the lifelong growth and development of all members of our Vanderbilt community,” said Chancellor Daniel Diermeier. “The Ingram Center for Student-Athlete Success aligns perfectly with this vision by harnessing the collaborative power of Nashville faculty, coaches, staff, alumni, and the community to support student-athletes in their quest for excellence on and off the pitch.”

Honored earlier this year by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame as Tennessean of the Year, in part for his work bringing Major League Soccer and Geodis Park to the Nashville community, Ingram is a longtime advocate for the potential of student-athlete transformation. experience at Vanderbilt. A member of the Vanderbilt board, he echoed the Chancellor’s sentiments. “Vanderbilt student-athletes are exceptional young people with bold dreams,” he said. “It is our responsibility to invest in them and ensure that we deliver them to their next destination ready to reach their potential. I am honored to support this initiative”

Alex Sevilla, Vice President of Career Advancement and Engagement, added, “We are thrilled to partner with our colleagues at Vanderbilt Athletics to bring bold new engagement opportunities to Vanderbilt student-athletes. The Vanderbilt Career Center team is here to fuel empowerment and career discovery for every Vanderbilt student and supporting the unique needs of the student-athlete community is vitally important to our mission.


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