In the recently released 2014 National Science Foundation rankings of Research & Development Expenditures, the University of Memphis moved up 19 places from 203 to 184 among the approximately 975 universities and colleges surveyed.  The University’s $55.6 million is an increase from $48.1 million in 2013, and our highest ranking since 2010. Memphis ranks in the top 30 percent of the 632 schools that submitted complete data for the survey.

“This increase reflects the consistent investment we’ve been making in research across the campus and the productive work of our great faculty,” said Dr. Andy Meyers, vice president for Research and director of the University of Memphis Research Foundation.

I would like to offer my thanks for the hard work of our faculty and students who continue to expand our research horizons.

M. David Rudd | President

Dear Campus Community:

Yesterday I received word of the reaffirmation of our accreditation with SACSCOC. This is certainly good news and only possible because of the exceptional work of so many on our campus. There are far too many individuals involved in the reaffirmation process to thank here, but let me say thank you all for your hard work and commitment to excellence each and every day at the University of Memphis. Wishing each and every one of you an enjoyable holiday season.

Warm Regards,

M. David Rudd | President

Campus Community:

As we wrap up another semester and move into the holiday season, I want to provide an update regarding a few issues.  Several weeks ago I forwarded an update on the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) funding recommendations for the University of Memphis. Our performance has improved significantly over the past two years and the recommendations are promising. This past week, we received news that Governor Haslam is recommending legislation that would provide for a local governing board for the UofM, a move that facilitates much greater autonomy, community investment and the flexibility needed for us to compete at a national level.  We have worked vigorously over the last several years to move this possibility forward, and I’m thrilled with the Governor’s recommendation.  I will be serving on the transition committee chaired by Governor Haslam, with an anticipated start date in January.

The long-term vision for our great University is to become the next great national research university in Tennessee, a goal that is clearly attainable.  We have launched a number of initiatives to grow community involvement and investment in the UofM, along with efforts to expand our national visibility. In addition to the above, there are other promising signs.  Including our recently opened Community Health Building and the soon to be opened Centennial Place Residence Hall, over $500 million of university and private funds will be invested on campus and in the university district over the next five years.  On almost a daily basis I receive an email from presidents around the country praising our national visibility campaign.  Similarly, each and every day there is new evidence of remarkable scientific, creative and scholarly contributions of our faculty. We are optimistic that we can meet our 10% growth goal in the coming years.

As you know our football program is completing a historic two-year run, something that has allowed us to attract one of the most outstanding young coaches in the country.  We have leveraged that success to the benefit of our academic mission and community. It is an exciting time for the University of Memphis.  Thank you for your hard work and dedication to our students, university and community. I wish you and your families the best for the coming holiday season.

Go Tigers!

M. David Rudd | President