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Eric Kopstain

Vanderbilt University
Vice Chancellor for Administration

In July, 2014 Eric Kopstain became Vanderbilt’s Vice Chancellor for Administration and his portfolio includes human resources, business services, plant operations, campus planning, real estate, contract and grant accounting, police, parking services, procurement services, and equal opportunity, affirmative action and disability services.  Eric came to Vanderbilt in 2012 as Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance.  In this previous role, Eric was responsible for financial reporting, tax, budget and capital planning, financial systems, procurement, disbursements, travel and payment cards and student accounts.  Before joining Vanderbilt, Eric served for 7 years at Harvard University where he began as Assistant Dean for Planning & Budgeting and was responsible for leading budgeting and planning activities across the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, a $1.2B enterprise and the largest division of Harvard.  In 2010 he assumed the role of Associate Dean for Finance and CFO at Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and had responsibility for risk management, financial analysis and financial planning for the division.  His service at Harvard coincided with the global recession and his efforts focused on the stabilization of the FAS’ finances and operations in the wake of the financial crisis.  Prior to Harvard, Eric worked for three years as the Director of Budget and Fiscal Planning at Dartmouth College; and for twelve years at Northwestern University in various budget, planning and administrative capacities including Assistant Director for the Office of Budget and Planning, Analysis and Allocation, and Director of Planning and Special Projects in the Office of Administration and Planning.  

Eric received a B.A. from Northwestern University, and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.  He lives in Nashville with his wife, Ranee, and son, Kamran, who is a rising fourth grader at the University School of Nashville.  In his spare time, Eric enjoys outdoor activities including running and hiking, as well as reading, cooking, traveling, music and film.