Dear Faculty and Staff:

As many of you know, three years ago we made a decision to sell the UofM President's house secondary to the need for costly renovations and annual maintenance expenses. Those funds were deposited into a holding account until a decision could be made about the best strategy for future investment. After discussion with our Board of Trustees Executive Committee Members, President of the Faculty Senate and Executive Committee Members, along with members of the Alumni Association Boards, we are recommending moving forward with building an Alumni and Faculty House on campus, a facility that would provide a unique meeting and dining space for alumni and faculty. In addition, the facility will provide a more intimate setting for events hosted by the Office of the President, our Alumni Association and other senior leaders on campus, along with space dedicated to UofM traditions and heritage.

We currently have approximately $1M. I am initiating a fundraising effort immediately to cover the remaining funds needed. I am optimistic we can raise the additional funds quickly and have appointed a planning group that will include:

  • Bobby Prince, Chief Development Officer
  • Tammy Hedges, VP for External Relations
  • Bruce Harber, Chief Operating Officer
  • Tom Banning, President, Faculty Senate
  • One additional Faculty Senate Representative (yet to be appointed)
  • Judge Butch Childers, President, UofM Alumni Association
  • Tony Poteet, Assistant VP for Campus Planning and Design

We look forward to the planning for the new Alumni and Faculty House moving quickly, and I will make sure you are kept up to date as the project begins. This facility will serve an important and much needed role on our campus.

Warm Regards,

M. David Rudd
President | Distinguished University Professor

Dear Faculty:

As previously shared, the University of Memphis is actively pursuing the creation of an Emerging Research University Fund geared toward advancing our research mission and Carnegie I aspirations. In active coordination and partnership with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the other public research universities in Tennessee, the UofM is participating in an interim study with the goal of generating a detailed review to be presented to Governor Haslam in September.

I am optimistic about this project being funded in the upcoming legislative session. The completed report will be shared, and you will be updated as this effort continues to move forward.

Warm Regards,

M. David Rudd
President | Distinguished University Professor

Dear Faculty and Staff:

I am pleased to share that we have grown for the third consecutive summer. As you may be aware, Summer 2014 witnessed a 5.9% drop in enrollment, with a total of 5,466 students (1,463 graduates, 79 law and 3,904 undergraduates). Since 2014, our enrollment has grown steadily and stands at 5,798 (1,459 graduates, 99 law and 4,240 undergraduates) for a net growth of 6.1% over the past three years.  

Most importantly, our 3+3 program for first-time freshman has been a tremendous success growing from 243 students in the first year to 268 last year and 342 this summer. That is 41% growth since its inception. This program is critical to keeping our students on pace to graduate in 4-5 years, along with having significant impact on overall retention rates (which exceeded 80% from year one to year two for the first time in our history).

We are positioned very well for the coming academic year and expect meaningful growth, with numbers continuing to trend in a very positive direction. Our success is only possible because of the dedicated efforts of so many on our campus. Thank you, and all the best for an enjoyable rest of the summer. 

Warm Regards, 

M. David Rudd
President | Distinguished University Professor

Dear Faculty and Staff:

A short note to say thank you as we close one fiscal period and launch a new one. This past year has been very successful for the University of Memphis, across all fronts. We are very well positioned for this coming academic year, one that will include renewed strategic planning efforts.

I hope the summer months are going well as we look forward to welcoming both new and returning students in August. Again, thank you for your hard work and service for our students, University and community.

Warm Regards,

M. David Rudd
President | Distinguished University Professor