Raines to Retire
Shirley C. Raines, president of the University of Memphis, announced yesterday that
she will retire from the U of M effective June 30.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the University of Memphis as president.
These have been 12 of the most enjoyable, challenging and professionally fulfilling
years of my life,” Raines said. “The university has a strong foundation for the future,
and I am confident in its academic and administrative leadership.”
Raines became the university’s 11th president, and the first woman, to hold the position on July 1, 2001. Previously,
she was vice chancellor for academic services and dean of the College of Education
at the University of Kentucky. She is the author of 14 books and numerous journal
articles, and is widely regarded as an expert in teacher education and early childhood