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Amanda Harding

Assistant Director of Data Science Center

Academic Affairs


As the Assistant Director of the Data Science Institute, Amanda leads the institute’s daily operations functions, fiscal management, hiring and on boarding, strategic planning, new initiatives and programming, and special events. In addition, Amanda works closely with the Master’s degree program providing strategic leadership, support, and guidance for recruitment and admissions operations, student management, and student outcomes and placement.

Outside of her daily responsibilities, Amanda is an active member within the Vanderbilt Community. In 2019 she was the co-chair for the USAC Staff Life committee, where she helped design and submit a staff professional development proposal. In 2021, she was elected to serve as the USAC Vice President and President Elect. Amanda is passionate about providing staff with exceptional resources to define successful career paths in higher education.

When Amanda is not working or spending time on other professional adventures, you can find her lifting weights at the gym, reading a book by the pool, cuddling her cat Chloe, or traveling to tropical places. Originally from Batavia, New York, Amanda made her way to Nashville six years ago via Charlotte, NC. While she loves the warmer winters, she will always be a Buffalo Bills fan.

Amanda earned her BS in Business Administration from The College at Brockport, State University of NY and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Buffalo State College. She is currently pursuing her EdD in Leadership and Learning in Organizations at Vanderbilt Peabody College. 

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