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Four Finalists Selected in Search for University of Memphis President

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 7, 2014) — The search advisory committee for a new president of the University of Memphis narrowed the candidate pool to four finalists yesterday.

They are:

• Guy Bailey, professor and former president at the University of Alabama;
• Sharon Gaber, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of
Arkansas;
• George W. Hynd, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at the
College of Charleston; and
• David Rudd, provost at the University of Memphis.

Each will visit the U of M campus between March 16-25 to meet with a variety of university constituent groups, including faculty and staff, students, alumni and the community.

"I believe everyone on the committee will agree that we had an impressive and well qualified pool of candidates from which to select these finalists," said Greg Duckett, chairman of the committee and senior vice president and corporate counsel with Baptist Memorial Health Care System. "Our screening process was comprehensive and thorough, and we ended up with a short list of individuals who will have an opportunity to learn more about our campus, and give our constituents an opportunity to learn more about them, in the coming weeks. We look forward to their visits."

A series of campus forums will take place in the University Center River Room #300. Open
receptions for community members, alumni and friends of the university will be scheduled each evening. A detailed schedule for each finalist will be posted at www.tbr.edu and at
www.memphis.edu/pressearch as soon as they are available.

The finalists were screened and selected by the committee from more than 70 applicants around the country. The committee worked with executive search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates to identify a broad range of highly qualified candidates. Thirteen were invited to meet with the committee, and 10 were interviewed. The finalists were selected from that group. The finalists' resumes are available on the presidential search websites.

The search committee's charge is to interview and identify the finalists for the position of
president. Committee members will also participate in the campus meetings and collect
comments from constituents. Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan will gather feedback from the committee members and other sources and make the final selection for recommendation to the Board for approval within a few weeks after the campus visits. 

The University of Memphis is one of Tennessee's three comprehensive doctoral-extensive institutions of higher learning and one of the largest institutions of the Tennessee Board of Regents system. Awarding more than 4,000 degrees annually, U of M has 24 Chairs of Excellence, more than any other Tennessee university, and five state-approved Centers of Excellence.

The Tennessee Board of Regents is among the nation's largest higher education systems,
governing 46 post-secondary educational institutions. The TBR system includes six universities, 13 two-year colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology, providing programs across the state to more than 200,000 students.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Monica Greppin-Watts
Communications Director
Tennessee Board of Regents
1415 Murfreesboro Road, Suite 340
Nashville, TN 37217
Office: 615-366-4417
Mobile: 615-767-7865

 

UofM Presidential Search Advisory Committee Named; First Meeting, Open Forum Scheduled Dec. 4

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 15, 2013) — The Search Advisory Committee members for a new president of the University of Memphis have been selected and will meet for the first time in December following a public forum on the UofM campus about the search process.
The advisory committee will meet at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, on the UofM campus in the University Center Bluff Room. Campus and community members are also invited to an open forum to discuss the criteria and search process for the new president from 11 a.m. – noon in the University Center River Room.

The search committee's charge is to identify three to five finalists for the position of president who will visit the campus for interviews. Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan will then consult with members of the committee and make a final selection for submission to the TBR for approval.

Former UofM President Shirley Raines retired at the end of June, and R. Brad Martin, a member of the university's Board of Visitors and retired chairman and CEO of Saks Incorporated, has served as interim president since July 1. Martin has stated he will not be a candidate for the permanent position.

"We are fortunate to have such an outstanding group of leaders who have agreed to serve in this important role. I am confident they will find the right person to serve as our next president," said Martin.

The committee will work with executive search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates to help identify a broad range of highly qualified candidates from around the country. One of the committee's first tasks at the meeting will be to decide on the criteria, schedule and process for identifying the finalists. Initial screenings of applicants is expected to begin in February.

The committee will be chaired by Greg Duckett, senior vice president and corporate counsel with Baptist Memorial Health Care System, a graduate of Memphis State University School of Law, and a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents.

"I am honored to chair this distinguished group through this important search," Duckett said. "A successful University of Memphis is critical to the growth of the Memphis community, to the economic development of our state and to the global pursuit of knowledge, research and scholarship. I look forward to finding the right individual to lead this great institution."

The committee members are as follows:

Mr. Greg Duckett, Chair
TBR BOARD MEMBER
Memphis, TN

Mr. John Farris
TBR BOARD MEMBER
Memphis, TN

Ms. Ashley Humphrey
TBR STUDENT REGENT
Tennessee Tech University
Cookeville, TN

Ms. Anise Belz
UofM BOARD OF VISITORS REPRESENTATIVE/COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE
Memphis, TN

Mr. Willie Gregory
UofM BOARD OF VISITORS REPRESENTATIVE/COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE
Director of Operations & Employee Community Investments
Nike Incorporated
Lakeland, TN

Mr. George Johnson
UofM BOARD OF VISITORS REPRESENTATIVE/COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE
President
BJB Administrative Services LLC
Cordova, TN

Mr. Tom Kadien
UofM BOARD OF VISITORS REPRESENTATIVE/COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE
Senior Vice President
International Paper
Memphis, TN

Mr. Tom Watson
UofM BOARD OF VISITORS REPRESENTATIVE/COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE
Co-Chairman, Armstrong Relocation
Memphis, TN

Mr. Kem Wilson
UofM BOARD OF VISITORS REPRESENTATIVE/COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE
Kemmons Wilson Companies
Memphis, TN

Ms. Diane Rudner
COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE
Chairman of the Board
Plough Foundation
Memphis, TN

Ms. Teresa Sloyan
COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE
Executive Director
Hyde Family Foundations
Memphis, TN

Ms. Marilynn Robinson
COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE
Senior Vice President
Saint Francis Healthcare
Memphis, TN

Mr. Alan Graf
BUSINESS COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE
Executive Vice President & CFO
FedEx Corporation
Memphis, TN

Ms. Anita Vaughn
ALUMNI REPRESENTATIVE
President, National Alumni Association
Chief Executive Officer
Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women
Memphis, TN

Dr. Gladius Lewis
FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN

Dr. Richard "Dick" D. Evans
FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE
President of Faculty Senate
Professor, Department of Finance, Insurance
and Real Estate
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN

Dr. Beverly Cross - (added Nov. 22, 2013)
FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE
Holder of Chair of Excellence
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN

Dr. Leroy Dorsey
FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE
Professor and Department Chair
Department of Communication
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN

Mr. Peter V. Letsou
ADMINISTRATIVE REPRESENTATIVE
Dean and Professor of Law
Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN

Dr. Dan Lattimore
ADMINISTRATIVE REPRESENTATIVE
Vice Provost for Extended Programs
& Dean of University College
University of Memphis Lambuth Campus
Jackson, TN

Mr. Hugh Busby
STAFF REPRESENTATIVE
President of Staff Senate
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN

Ms. Joanna Curtis - (added Nov. 22, 2013)
STAFF REPRESENTATIVE
Director of Major Gifts
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN

Mr. Ricky Kirby
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE
President of SGA
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN

Ms. Holly Stanford
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN

Several members of the UofM Board of Visitors are included on the committee, including C. Kemmons Wilson Jr., who remarked, "I realize the significant impact this decision will have on this university and our entire city. A decision of this magnitude will ripple far into the future. Therefore, it is paramount to find the perfect leader who will take the University of Memphis to even greater heights."


"After 12 years of terrific leadership by Shirley Raines and most recently Brad Martin, it is time to select the next president of the university to lead us forward in the future," added Tom Kadien, senior vice president at International Paper. "With the strong faculty and staff that we have, and the important role that the university has educating tomorrow's leaders here in western Tennessee, I'm sure we will be able to attract outstanding candidates. I am happy to serve the University of Memphis."


The Tennessee Board of Regents is among the nation's largest higher education systems, governing 46 post-secondary educational institutions. The TBR system includes six universities (including the University of Memphis), 13 two-year colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology, providing programs across the state to more than 200,000 students.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Monica Greppin-Watts
Communications Director
Tennessee Board of Regents
1415 Murfreesboro Road, Suite 340
Nashville, TN 37217
Office: 615-366-4417
Mobile: 615-767-7865

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