Raines Named 11th President of the University of Memphis
C. Raines, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of
College of Education at the University of Kentucky, accepted
an offer to become the 11th President of the University of
Memphis on Tuesday afternoon, January 31st. The Tennessee
Board of Regents approved the recommendation of U of M Chancellor
Charles Manning during a conference earlier that day.
replaces former U of M President Lane Rawlins, who left Memphis
last year to be president at Washington State University.
Raines is serving her sixth year as dean of the UK College
of Education. For the last two and a half years, she has taken
on the duties as vice-chancellor of academic services at the
University of Kentucky. She is highly regarded for her leadership
skills amid the demanding task of serving both roles at UK.
During her tenure as dean, the college acquired its first
endowed chair and increased its overall fundraising efforts
by approximately $2.75 million. She has proven herself an
effective collaborator with colleagues and state officials,
working successfully to secure funding for a statewide literacy
is the President of the Association for Childhood Education
International, a 107 year-old organization with members in
over 70 nations devoted to the education and well-being of
children from infancy through early adolescence. In May of
last year, she was an invited participant in the United Nation's
Millenium forum to discuss international issues of childhood
literacy education. She has written or co-written 11 books
and is highly regarded as a scholar in her field.
appointment to the Memphis presidency becomes effective July
Shirley C. Raines Biosketch
Age 55. Born April 15, 1945 in Jackson, TN.
Position: Vice Chancellor for Academic Services and
Dean and Professor of the College of Education at the
University of Kentucky
Highlights: Professor and Department Chairperson of
Childhood/Language Arts/Reading Education, University
of South Florida (1992-95). Associate Professor, Department
of Curriculum and Instruction, Graduate School of Education
George Mason University (1987-92). Department Head, Northeastern
State, Tahlequah and Tulsa, Oklahoma (1983-87).
B.S. from University of Tennessee at Martin; Master's
and EdD from UT Knoxville.
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