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Shaping the Future of Engineering Today!

Fifty years ago, on February 7, 1964, the Tennessee State Board of Education accepted a resolution authorizing then-Memphis State University to accept a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Herff to establish a master’s degree program in engineering science. In May 1965, the Board approved an undergraduate engineering program – and so began the Herff College of Engineering.

The time has come for the Herff College of Engineering to secure our future as one of the nation’s leading destinations for both prospective engineering students and industry recruiters. As we celebrate our rich 50-year history of engineering education at the University of Memphis, we invite you to join us as we look to the next 50 years and continue to transform the educational experience of our students.

How can YOU shape the future of Memphis Engineering?

Contribute to a Student Scholarship…

Your gift will allow the Herff College of Engineering to recruit high ability engineering students.  Funds will also be used to assist students with overcoming financial obstacles. Click here.

Support Herff Faculty…

An excellent education requires excellence in teaching and research. Your gift will allow us to seek the best and brightest educators and researchers to provide the most academically rich environment possible for our students. Click here.

Provide General College Support…

Your gift will position the Herff College to gear up for the next 50 years! Funds will allow the College to provide facility improvements as well support student organizations, new initiatives and other opportunities that would go unfunded. Click here.

By making a gift to the Herff College of Engineering, you will ensure that excellent educational opportunities continue.

We make giving easy.  You may make your gift:  


By credit card: Click here to make a gift online

  • Click on the “College/School/Department/Other” button
  • Scroll Herff College of Engineering and enter amount in adjacent box.
    • for department specific contributions, enter the name of the department in the “Other” box near the bottom of the list

By mail: 

  • Make your check payable to the University of Memphis Foundation
  • Denote “Herff College of Engineering” in the memo section

Department 238

The U of M Foundation

P.O. Box 1000

Memphis, TN 38148-0001

- Or personally deliver your check to The Alumni Center at 635 Normal Street. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


By phone: call 901.678.3953

By automatic draft: Download the Automatic Bank Draft form and return to the Gift Records Department.


Appreciated Securities

If you own securities that have appreciated in value over time, you may owe a substantial capital gains tax if you sell them.  But, if you use such assets to fund a charitable gift, you may completely avoid the capital gains tax while enjoying a federal income tax deduction for the full value of the securities.  For maximum tax benefits, it is usually best to give securities that have increased in value the most since you have owned them.  It is also possible to make a gift with appreciated securities in a mutual fund.  For information on donating securities, please call Bobby Prince in the Development Office at 901-678-1335.


Planned Gifts

You can leave a lasting legacy for the University of Memphis through a will, living trust or retirement plan. The process is very simple and your gift benefits the University for generations to come. For information about planned gifts, please call Dan Murrell at 901.678.2732 or click here. 


Employer Matching Gifts

Many companies encourage their employees to make charitable contributions by matching their philanthropic support. At the University, donors receive credit for their employers' matching gifts. To find out if you work for a company that matches gifts, visit www.matchinggifts.com/memphis. You may also consult your human resources office, which will provide you with a matching gift form.


Corporate Giving

The Herff College of Engineering has a long and successful history of collaboration with business and industry. Corporations sponsor research projects, hire interns and co-ops, fund educational outreach programs, sponsor student organizations and fund scholarships.

For more information on how your company can support the College or to learn more about making a gift to a specific area, please contact the College's Director of Development, Susan Armacost at 901.678.1537


Ms. Susan P Armacost

Director of Development, Dean's Office

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John A. Pafford

John A. Pafford (B.S.E.T. 1987) is the 2011 Outstanding Alumnus from the Herff College of Engineering. A co-founder of Spine Wave, Pafford has more than 30 years of experience in the orthopedic industry with 20 years in senior management.

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