The Centennial Campaign for the University of Memphis
The University of Memphis has surpassed its goal for the Empowering the Dream Centennial
Campaign, raising more than $256 million.
The Empowering the Dream Centennial Campaign played a role in something historic for
the University of Memphis. Click here to watch a video showing how the campaign will leave a lasting impact.
The Empowering the Dream campaign was co-chaired by Charles and Judy Burkett. Charles
Burkett graduated from the U of M in 1973 and is the former president of First Tennessee
"This is a historic day for the University of Memphis," said former President Shirley
Raines. "We have exceeded our ambitious goal of raising more than $250 million with
the energy and generosity of our alumni, friends, and civic and corporate partners. Our
donors' campaign contributions show that they value the learning experiences, economic
opportunities, research endeavors and outreach activities that the University of Memphis
contributes to our region and to the state. Our students and their success are the
future of Tennessee."
About 73 percent of the $256 million raised is supporting students through scholarships,
graduate fellowships and assistantships, and annual operating funds for crucial programs
across campus. About 18 percent is going toward new and renovated facilities. These
include the new Community Health Building, which will house the Loewenberg School
of Nursing, the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and the Memphis Speech
and Hearing Center; a new music center for the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music; a
newly renovated building for the Crews Ventures Lab; the downtown Cecil C. Humphreys
School of Law; and new and renovated athletic facilities. The remaining funds are
directed toward faculty support through professorships and chairs.
At a recent celebration event, it was announced that donors contributed an additional
$113,300 toward scholarships named for Raines and her family.
"The heart of our campaign aimed to maximize investment in scholarships, facilities,
and faculty support to build academic excellence that translates to economic and workforce
development for our state and region," said Julie Johnson, vice president for Advancement.
"The Empowering the Dream Centennial Campaign provided an opportunity for us to communicate
that private support will continue to play a crucial role in the University's ability
to recruit and retain talented students and faculty," added Bobby Prince, associate
vice president for Development. "Everyone in the community, regardless if they graduated
from the University of Memphis, has a vested interest in its success. I thank all
the donors who stepped forward with gifts large and small. Their investments will
continue to have a powerful impact that extends beyond the boundaries of our campus."