Associate Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education (Secondary Appointment), Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Vice Provost for University Enrollment Affairs
Douglas L. Christiansen holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration and is Vanderbilt University’s vice provost for university enrollment affairs, and dean of admissions and financial aid. Christiansen is also an associate professor of public policy and higher education in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. Currently, he is serving as Trustee and Past Chair for the Board of Trustees of the College Board.
In his role as vice provost, Christiansen serves as the university’s chief enrollment strategist, overseeing the offices of Undergraduate Admissions, Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, Academic Affairs Process and Solution Implementations, Student Accounts, University Registrar, Enrollment Management for Health Sciences Education, University Enrollment Affairs Strategy and Implementation, and International Student and Scholar Services. He leads the broader University Enrollment Affairs Leadership Team, which in addition to the offices listed above also directly partners with the Office for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, or PIE (formerly VIRG), and the Career Center.
Christiansen also oversees the Ingram, Chancellors, and Cornelius Vanderbilt scholarship programs and the POSSE scholars program. Christiansen and his team have led the integration of enrollment and admissions systems across the university to integrate academic systems that support institutional enrollment goals at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. He has been in higher education and admissions for thirty years.