Former Emmetsburg resident Susan R. Wente was named provost and vice chancellor or academic affairs at Vanderbilt University this Spring. The announcement was made by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos.
Wente is a distinguished biomedical scientist who has served as associate vice chancellor for research at Vanderbilt for the past five years. She currently leads the academic strategic planning across the entire institution.
Wente is also senior associate dean of biomedical sciences and professor of cell ad developmental biology in the School of Medicine. In the past year, she has taken on the additional role of co-chairing the executive committee of the university-wide academic strategic plan to set the course for Vanderbilt's future.
SUSAN R. WENTE
"Susan is a strong and confident leader and a brilliant scholar, who is exceptionally well positioned to keep Vanderbilt on a bold and exciting path,"?Zeppos said. "As a co-chair of our strategic planning process, she has had great influence on Vanderbilt's plan for the future. Now I anticipate with relish her leadership as provost in bringing the plan to fruition."
Wente was chosen as the university's chief academic officer on the recommendation of a search committee, chaired by Zeppos. She assumed her new duties July 1.
Wente said she is "thrilled and honored to have the privilege to serve the students, faculty and staff" in her new role, and thanked the chancellor and the search committee for the opportunity.
"I look forward to learning more and to continuing to help lay the foundation for our future," she said. "I?am deeply committed to Vanderbilt's academic missions of excellence in discovering and learning. It is such an exciting time at Vanderbilt, and we are poised to work collaboratively to make the most of our distinctive research and education strengths across the university."
Susan Wente is a 1980 graduate of Emmetsburg Community Schools. She earned her bachelor of science from the University of Iowa, graduating with honors and high distinction in biochemistry. She went on to the University of California-Berkeley, where she received a Ph.D. in biochemistry. She did post-doctoral work at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York as well as a fellowship at Rockefeller University.
In 2002 she became professor and chair of Cell and Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt. She continues to operate her lab, and her work studying the mechanism for highly selective, bidirectional exchange of proteins and genetic material between the nucleus and cytoplasm has been nationally recognized.
Susan Wente has received numerous awards for her work. She was named a "2014 Woman to Watch" by Nashville Medical News.
Wente is married to Chris Hardy, a geneticist, and they have two daughters, Allison, a freshman at Smith College and Lindsay, a freshman at the University School of Nashville.
Susan is the daughter of Harold and Betty Wente.