Julia Hereford Society

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It all started with a gift. Financial support from Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt in 1873 led to a journey of global impact. In our 150th year, join us in our quest to drive bold new levels of growth through the $3.2B Dare to Grow campaign to drive initiatives of belonging, innovation and collaboration.  Charitable gifts from alumni and friends provide critical support for our students, faculty members and programs. The Julia Hereford Society recognizes financial support of Vanderbilt School of Nursing by those who make gifts of $2,500 and up each fiscal year

Recognition Levels

Recent Graduate Member: $1,000 (available to VU alumni who graduated in the last 10 years)

Member: $2,500

Benefactor: $5,000 - $9,999

Dean's List: $10,000 - $24,999

Cornelius Vanderbilt: $25,000 - $99,999

Lifetime: $100,000 and up

    • one-time gift or pledge of $100K or more
    • one-time documented bequest of $100K or more

JHS Member Benefits

  • New member recognition with commemorative Julia Hereford Society lapel pin
  • Invitations to VUSN special events
  • Informative monthly VUSN Dean's e-newsletter
  • JHS celebration event hosted by Dean Jeffries



Questions? Please contact us at VUSNgiving@vanderbilt.edu or contact Teresa Rogers, Associate Dean of Development at (615) 322-6305 or teresa.rogers@vanderbilt.edu.


Julia Hereford History

Julia HerefordAfter graduating with a B.S.N. from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 1936, Julia Jane Hereford, Ph.D., R.N., was appointed to the VUSN faculty as an instructor in 1938. Her service on the faculty, along with the completion of her M.A. in teaching from the Teachers College of Columbia University in New York, earned her a promotion to the rank of Assistant Professor in 1943. In the fall of 1945, she served briefly as a member of the NLNE staff for Post-Graduate Nursing Education Study, and in 1947, Hereford was promoted to Associate Professor.

With the departure of Dean Francis Helen Zeigler in 1949, Hereford was promoted to full professor and named Dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. During her deanship (1949-1965), dramatic changes occurred in the nursing program, often in keeping with national trends, and, in some cases, breaking new ground for others to follow.

Hereford took two leaves of absence during her career (1958-1959, 1965-1968), during which she undertook doctoral studies in administration at the University of Chicago. She returned to Vanderbilt in 1968 as professor, and upon the completion of her Ph.D. in 1972, she assumed additional duties as the school's first director of academic advising. Hereford officially retired in 1977, but she remained active with Vanderbilt as an emeritus faculty member through the early 1980s.The Julia Hereford Society was established in 1984 to honor her legacy and those who generously support the School of Nursing.