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Update on Independent Governing Board Legislation

Dear Campus Community:

On Monday, I attended a meeting with Governor Haslam and the steering committee to discuss the Focus Act, the legislation proposing independent governing boards. In an effort to keep you updated and address any concerns or questions, I have asked my office to schedule the following meetings:

  1. Open forum for faculty, staff and/or students: Wednesday, February 17th at 3:30 p.m. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre
  2. Meeting with deans, chairs and program directors: Tuesday, February 16th at 11:00 a.m. in the University Center Theatre #145
  3. Faculty Senate Meeting: Tuesday, February 16th at 3:45 p.m. in the University Center, Senate Chambers

The open forum will allow for a simulcast on the Lambuth, Collierville, and Millington Campuses. Additional details regarding the meetings can be found on the UofM website at:

As mentioned previously, I have every expectation the Act will pass, and a new governing board will be established for the University of Memphis effective by mid-year 2017. Below is the link to the Office of the Governor detailing the Act, along with frequently asked questions and the Act itself: If you have questions, please schedule to attend one of the meetings summarized above, or do not hesitate to contact my office.

Warm Regards,

M. David Rudd | President

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