Kevin Murphy, Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Humanities and the new chair of the history of art department, was among twelve Vanderbilt faculty members honored at a celebration of endowed chair holders on August 28 in the Student Life Center.
Richard McCarty, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, and Jeffrey Balser, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, hosted the event that honors the quest for new knowledge through scholarship and research. The celebration was the eleventh in a series of events to celebrate Vanderbilt’s exceptional scholars who have been named to endowed chairs.
Describing their collective achievement as “extraordinary,” McCarty welcomed Murphy to Vanderbilt as a new department chair and the Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Humanities. He cited Murphy’s contributions to scholarship and research as an architectural historian and as the former executive officer of the Ph.D. Program in Art History at the Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York. While under Murphy’s distinguished leadership, the Ph.D. Program in Art History was awarded the largest grant it has ever received by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Humanities was created in September 2012 and supports outstanding faculty members in an area of humanistic learning.
*Photograph by John Russell/Vanderbilt (Kevin Murphy is fourth from the right)