Campus Community:

What a start to the spring semester at the University of Memphis. Last week we officially opened our newest residence hall, Centennial Place. This unique, state of the art residence hall is 290,000 square feet and will house 780 students. This facility , which is arguably one of the best in the country, features incredible living spaces, tremendous collaborative learning areas and will make us more competitive from an enrollment standpoint.  I think you will find Centennial Place to be a great point of pride for our campus as we continue to grow the University of Memphis.

If you missed the grand opening of Centennial Place, we have put together a short video highlighting the event and the remarkable facility. Click here to view it. I also encourage you to stop by and take a look at this impressive residence hall for yourself.

Go Tigers!

M. David Rudd | President

Dear Campus Community:

Not only are we starting a new semester, but an important legislative session is starting, one that will have significant impact on the future of the University of Memphis.  As you know, Governor Haslam has filed legislation that would provide for an autonomous governing board for the U of M.  I am forwarding a copy of the proposed legislation to all chairs, deans and the Faculty Senate.  Provost Weddle-West will coordinate with faculty to gather any identified concerns or questions.  We have already created a taskforce targeting a range of issues related to the eventual transition.  The hope is to have our own governing board in place for April 2017.  In addition to the autonomous governing board legislation, we also have requested $31M for the Memphis Research Consortium, $2M for our Lambuth Campus, renewal of funding for our Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI), along with line item funding for Chucalissa.

Let me express my gratitude for the exceptional work of our enrollment management group.  For the first time in many years, our spring enrollment has grown. We ordinarily experience a 2-3% contraction secondary to graduation.  Given our increase in graduation numbers, coupled with several years of smaller freshmen enrollment, these numbers are encouraging.  Here’s a quick summary of spring enrollment numbers compared to last year (on the same date, not all categories included):

 

Spring ‘16

Spring ‘15

% Gain (N)

New Freshmen

175

114

53% (61)

New Transfers

700

567

23% (133)

Total New Undergraduates

1,024

817

25% (207)

New Graduate Masters

261

202

30% (60)

Total New Students

1,383

1,116

24% (267)

Total Enrollment

19,467

19,146

1.6%(321)

Please join me in thanking our enrollment management group for some great work.   Given the significant level of activity this semester, I’ll continue to forward updates on a more frequent basis.

Wishing you the best for an enjoyable spring semester.

M. David Rudd | President