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Celebrating Success

Dear University of Memphis Community:

By any measure it’s been a busy fall semester, one with some great successes.  Our NIH Center of Excellence is a U of M first, one that will build national partnerships and result in unprecedented scientific innovation, all with broad-based national/international impact.  Faculty members across campus continue to create, innovate and discover in remarkable ways (  Our student applications and admissions to date are at record levels, along with the university now qualifying as “selective” from an admissions perspective. We have already received more applications in the first quarter of this year than the entirety of last year.  Growth at our Lambuth campus is also on pace to exceed our initial targets when the campus was acquired four years ago.

As many already know, this past Saturday our football team won the American Athletic Conference championship, our first football championship in 43 years.  Let me encourage you to join me in congratulating our coaches, staff and players on a great accomplishment.  They represent the University of Memphis remarkably well, both in and out of the classroom.  They are great ambassadors for our university and the broader Memphis community.  All of our games have been nationally televised this year, providing unparalleled visibility and an effective platform to share more about our campus and the great comprehensive education we offer, along with remarkable achievements across all academic disciplines.  I hope you were able to catch our revised commercial during halftime.

We’ll be rolling out a new branding effort after the holidays, one that builds on the unique and exceptional educational opportunity that is the University of Memphis.  It’s an effort that will build on our well-accepted “dreamers, thinkers, doers” campaign.  Given the pace on campus I hope you’ll take some time to enjoy these accomplishments, and join me in celebrating the success of the University of Memphis.

Go Tigers!

M. David Rudd | President

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