President Raines Will Address Spring Commencement May 4
release: April 30, 2001
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Incoming U of M President Raines Will Address Spring Commencement
May 4 Dr. Shirley C. Raines will address the University of
Memphis community officially even before she assumes her role
as president. Raines will deliver the address at The U of
M's commencement Friday, May 4, before 1,300 graduates. Ceremonies
begin at 3:30 p.m. at The Pyramid.
currently holds two positions at The University of Kentucky
in Lexington, vice chancellor of academic services and dean
of the College of Education. She was named president of The
University of Memphis by the Tennessee Board of Regents in
January after a search that lasted almost a year.
won't take the helm of The U of M until July 1. Since her
appointment, however, she has made periodic trips to Memphis
to acquaint herself with University policies and procedures
and to meet with city officials and business leaders and people
associated with the University. She has also met with legislators
during their current session in Nashville.
stated goal is to make The U of M a great university. She
cites existing community connections through business, the
performing arts, and research as evidence that the Mid-South
wants to be involved with the University. She said she plans
to visit the state legislature often and to raise public awareness
of the importance of The U of M to the community, the state
and the region.
joining the faculty at Kentucky, Raines was a department chair
and professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa
from 1992 to 1995. She was an associate professor at George
Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, from 1987 to 1992.
graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin and earned
a master's degree and doctorate in education from UT Knoxville.