Dr. John E. Chapman is known in Vanderbilt history as the "Dean of Deans," conferring 3317 graduate degrees, creating 32 acres of clinical research and education space, and establishing 789 new faculty positions during his extended tenure as the school's commander-in-chief. He was adored by students and faculty alike, bringing satisfaction ratings to the top of the nation.
The Chapman shield, with its green gloss and golden stars, pays tribute to the Dean and the twenty-five years of growth Vanderbilt experienced under his leadership.
The Chapman Dragon, itself a reminder of The Dean's training in toxicology, pronounces as well his principal position among the long list of Vanderbilt Greats. Thus, the proud Chapman assemblage declares our motto "Vivat Decanus Decanorum" or "Long live the Dean of Deans."