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Dean of the Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business, and Assistant Professor
Labry Hall, Room 104
The Millard and JJ Oakley School of Humanities, Education and the Arts
B.A., Vanderbilt University
J.D., Vanderbilt University

For over 40 years, Jim Shulman has been an invested member of the Middle Tennessee community.

A graduate of Vanderbilt Law School, Shulman had a long career in Tennessee’s state government, including being the lead legal counsel for the state Department of Finance and Administration, chief of staff for then-Speaker of the House Jimmy Naifeh, deputy commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health, and executive director of the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability.

In 1999, he was elected to the Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County Council (25th District), where he served two four-year terms and chaired the Budget, Transportation and Public Works Committees, prioritizing city funding accountability and emergency preparedness.

In 2015, he was elected to the Metro Council as an At-large member and served in that position until he was elected as Nashville’s 9th Vice Mayor after a 2018 special election. He was then re-elected in 2019 for the new term which concludes in 2023.

He begins a new path in the Fall of 2023 by joining the faculty at Cumberland University where he will be teaching political science.

Shulman and his wife Lori have two daughters, Madeline and Audrey. He is a Cincinnati Reds baseball fan and has run ten half-marathons.