"I truly love Vanderbilt and serving you has been a privilege," Zeppos wrote in a message to the Vanderbilt community in early April. "Yet my health is presenting challenges that demand my focus, with the love and support of my family."
He will take a one-year leave of absence before returning to campus as a law professor. Zeppos is Vanderbilt University’s eighth chancellor.
The board voted to appoint Susan R. Wente, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs, as interim chancellor. Board of Trust Chairman Bruce R. Evans will lead a national search for Zeppos’ successor, according to the release.