Vice-Chancellor for Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Old Natchez Country Club,
115 Gardengate Drive, Franklin, TN 37069
As Vanderbilt University’s Vice Chancellor for Finance & Chief Financial Officer, Brett Sweet is responsible for the financial stewardship of the University, including capital and operating budgets, financial affairs and reporting, procurement and debt/treasury management.
Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Sweet was dean of administration and finance of Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In this role he oversaw the financial and administrative operations of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, which encompasses Harvard College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Division of Continuing Education.
From 2004 to 2008, Sweet served as executive vice president of finance and administration and chief financial officer at Baylor College of Medicine. He was responsible for the college’s finances, capital markets management, information technology, human resources, facilities, research administration, business operations and investment management.
From 2000 to 2004, Sweet was a principal with The Boston Consulting Group in the United States and in Europe, where his emphasis was on competitive strategies and change management in large, multinational organizations as well as academic medical centers and colleges.
Sweet, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, earned a MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. He spent five years as a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy and served as a special projects officer with the National Security Agency.
Sweet lives in Nashville with his wife, Meredythe, and two daughters, Logan and Avery.
Bass Military Scholars Program
In recognition of the patriotism, scholarship and leadership qualities and capabilities of veterans, Vanderbilt University launched the Bass Military Scholars Program in 2018 to provide scholarships of $25,000 per year to an annual cohort of highly talented veterans pursuing graduate and professional degrees across five Vanderbilt schools:
School of Medicine
School of Nursing
Owen Graduate School
Peabody College of Education and Human Development.
In addition to their studies, Bass Scholars will share their military experience in a range of campus service activities designed to foster military-civilian exchanges and expose the greater student body to military values, character, and mission focus. The program aims to enroll approximately 5-10 scholars annually toward a total program size of 40 scholars at maturity. It is a highly competitive program that values academic excellence, distinguished military service, and the potential to positively impact society after graduation.
MTC President's Message
Our June meeting was special for all of us who attended. I personally want to thank Army Air Corps Captain Jerry Neal for his presentation to the chapter about his experiences in World War II flying both the B-24 and B-17 out of England. Hearing it first-hand was a memorable event. As I listened, I thought how aviation has changed from his days of service to the modern aircraft we get the privilege to fly. On behalf of the chapter, we can’t thank you enough for your service. We Salute You Sir!!
Hope everyone had a great 4th of July holiday and got a chance to reflect on how fortunate we are to live in this great country. I remember the big celebration when we achieved 200 years in our constitutional republic and now, we are quickly approaching the 250th anniversary. This country has withstood many challenges from without and within. We all know the value of our military to the success of our nation and I am proud to be member of the Military Officers Association as we try to ensure that the support for the military stays visible and strong as we meet the challenges of the coming years. Because of MOAA’s engagement with our Legilators and your participation and support of MOAA, we have kept issues like end strength, SBP-DIC, military housing, retiree support at the forefront in the budget process. We can’t change or achieve every goal but our size and influence with your Senators and Congressman can’t be overlooked. So, thank you for your service in the past and for your continued support of the military issues through MOAA at both the local and national level.
I continue to write and ask for your vocal support on the SBP-DIC issue, the elimination of the Widow’s Tax. The number of congressional members that have co-sponsored is the largest ever; however, when the rubber meets the road, we still have not been successful in getting the elimination of the Widow’s Tax included in the the SASC or HASC version of the National Defense Authorization Act. Senator Blackburn wants to champion this issue so please reach out to her office and thank her for her support and request her continued support on elimination of the Widows Tax. To show our support, I am asking you to email a member of her staff at email@example.com or to call her office at 202- 224-3344. Every contact matters so please let her know you appreciate her support on this important issue.
This month we have another great program planned. Our guest speaker will be Navy veteran and Vice Chancellor Brett Sweet. Mark your calendars for July 23rd. I am sure it will be another special meeting and one you will not want to miss.
Congratulations Are in Order
CPT Art Jacobs has become President of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association this year following their Annual Reunion held in Kansas City. It took four years in various positions before he arrived at the Presidency (similar to the succession plan in our Chapter) and he will hold that position until their Annual Reunion to be held in Denver in 2020. He will serve for several more years on their Executive Council following his term as President.
The role of the Association is to enhance and accredit the cohesiveness, esprit de corps, and traditions of valor of rotary wing aircrews that flew in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam Era (1961 – 1975). The VHPA has a membership of over 16,600 helicopter pilots from around the world out of the approximately 40,000 who served as helicopter pilots during and in the Vietnam War.
This is yet another example of how our members continue to embrace the concept of “Never Stop Serving”.
VA's Tennessee Valley Health Service Veterans and Family Advisory Council
In July 2017, the VA’s Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) established the Veteran and Family Advisory Council (VFAC), which includes Veterans, family members, caregivers, and employee Veterans who receive their care at the VA Hospital.
The mission of the Council:
1. To partner with health care staff to improve communication among Veterans, families and staff.
2. To assist in improving safety, satisfaction, and quality of care.
3. To allow staff to listen to and honor Veteran and family choices.
CAPT (Ret.) Steve Arends, USN and MTC member is a founding and current member of the Council. He will hopefully be joined soon by COL (Ret.) Kent Crossley, USA who has applied for a position on the Council.