Patricia Pierce

Patricia Pierce

Patricia Ann Pierce retired from Vanderbilt University in 2007 after a career of almost thirty years as the Senior Director of the Opportunity Development Center (ODC).  She was responsible for all University and Medical Center matters related to equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, federal regulations, and guidelines. She achieved outstanding success in the academic world and is recognized internationally as an advocate for diversity and equity.  She has presented numerous programs on disability issues, gender issues, including sexual harassment, and cultural diversity for Nashville community organizations, and at regional, national, and international conferences.

She has given her time to many organizations to help promote opportunities and advocate equity for women.  She has served as a volunteer or member of thirty-eight organizations, served as President or Vice President of nine organizations and served as a member of the Board of Directors of twenty-two organizations of which three are national organizations.  She served on the Board of Commissioners of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission and was elected three years as Board Chair.  She was CABLE Board President in 1991 and she served as CABLE Historian for more than 20 years.  Currently she serves as a member of the Economic Council Foundation Board, is a Board member of the Nashville Sports Council where she served on the Legacy Committee for the 2014 Women’s Final Four basketball tournament, is a member of the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument Board and serves as Treasurer, is Board member for ATHENA International Honorary Board, the National Women’s History Project Board, and she is a National Delegate to Vision 2020.  She was a founding member of Women in Higher Education in Tennessee and Music City Girls Lead: Leadership Academy.  She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Rotary International Jean Harris Award, YWCA Academy of Women of Achievement, the Women in Higher Education in TennesseeJune Anderson Award,the 2003 Nashville ATHENA Award,the 2006 Tennessee Economic Council’s Excellence & Equity Award, Tennessee State University’s 2008 Woman of Legend and Merit Award, and CABLE’s prestigious Molly Todd Cup, Promote Women Award, Spirit of Leadership Award, and Networking Award. She is a graduate of Leadership America, Leadership Nashville, the Oxford University Roundtable, and is an inductee of the Tennessee International Women’s Forum. She has a BS degree from the University of Tennessee where she played basketball in 1968 under Joan Cronan.  She completed the Bryn Mawr University Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration and the National Institute for Leadership Development at Arizona State. She was married to the late Jacky Goss and she resides in Harriman, TN.  She and Jacky have two sons and four grandchildren.