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Dear Faculty and Staff:

Our TN Higher Education Commission (THEC) quality indicators were very positive for the past academic year. The University of Memphis score summary is provided below. As you can see from the description of quality assurance funding, the assessment is geared toward incentivizing meritorious performance. The UofM is undeniably making excellent progress year after year. Together, we have improved four consecutive years now. Four years ago our score was 87. Three years ago it was 90. Two years ago it was 92. And this year, it is 93.

As you know, we all strive for excellence, and this is evidence of significant and steady progress toward that goal. All indicators show that the University of Memphis is making progress across multiple fronts, and most importantly, we are providing a high quality, comprehensive educational experience for our students.

Thank you for your hard work, your commitment to our students and serving our community so well.

Warm Regards,

M. David Rudd
President | Distinguished University Professor

I am pleased to announce the newest partnership between FedEx and the University of Memphis, via the University of Memphis Research Foundation and its wholly-owned subsidiary, UMRF Ventures Inc. The unique, student-operated call center is part of an economic development initiative designed to provide real and transferable opportunities to students in the Memphis community.

Student employees at the support center will handle technical support calls from FedEx team members, including "first level" technical support, like phone configuration and basic application and computing device troubleshooting. The center will initially employ approximately 20 student agents from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Our first goal as an academic institution is to prepare our students for success after graduation. We know that students who study, live and work on campus are more engaged in the life of the University. This leads them to graduate faster plus have stronger GPAs. The UMRF Ventures call center at the FedEx Institute of Technology serves as a template for future opportunities that benefit our students. We welcome other businesses and nonprofit organizations to partner with us in innovative ways that utilize the skills of the best and brightest students in our region.


M. David Rudd
The University of Memphis

Dear Campus Community:

Far too often over the last several years, we have witnessed acts of horrific violence in our country, with the motivation for such evil almost impossible to comprehend. We are currently unaware of any students, faculty, staff or alumni being directly affected by the mass shooting in Las Vegas, but we are all indirectly impacted by such violence. As we pause to grieve those lost and wounded, and the countless families affected, we will explore ways that we might be able to reach out and help. Kindness always makes a difference.

If you would like to share your thoughts, please do not hesitate to reach out. If you would like to talk with one of our professional support staff, please contact our Dean of Students, Dr. Justin Lawhead, or the UofM Counseling Center, 901.678.2068 or

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Warm Regards,

M. David Rudd
Distinguished University Professor

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