2016 Fall Commencement
President Rudd at Performance of the UofM Orchestra
Photo of Dr. Loretta Rudd and Dr. M. David Rudd
2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards
FOCUS Act Signing

Office of the President

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." - Anatole France

I am pleased to welcome you to the University of Memphis – where we strive for excellence in everything that we do, from the curriculum, to broad range of applied learning experiences we offer, to our cutting-edge research, to our service and many connections to the community.


Spring 2017 UofM Magazine

Our latest issue of The University of Memphis Magazine highlights the extraordinary achievements of our students and the faculty and staff who support their many accomplishments. Get to know our Cheer team, which won the national championship of the Universal Cheerleaders Association, and our student athletes, whose athletic and academic success is recognized nationally. We have also chronicled the personal and professional journeys of two of our alums – Luther McClellan, the first African-American graduate of the University, and Donald Godwin, who provides a testimony to the benefit of persistence.

The University of Memphis has entered an exciting new era with the confirmation and inaugural meeting of our new governing board, the University of Memphis Board of Trustees. This board, made up of eight business and community leaders, a faculty member and a student representative, will position the University to grow and compete nationally. Read more about our board in the Trustee Spotlight section of our magazine.

We have always sought to form partnerships that strengthen the community. Throughout these pages, we discuss how researchers at the UofM are finding ways to overcome life circumstances that serve as barriers to success for many children in the region through partnerships with community organizations.

It truly is an exciting time to be part of the University.

Go Tigers!

M. David Rudd
The University of Memphis