Dr. Raines to Retire as President of the University of Memphis
Shirley C. Raines, president of the University of Memphis, has announced that she
will retire effective June 30 after 12 years of service.
â€śIt has been an honor and a privilege to serve the University of Memphis as president.
These have been 12 of the most enjoyable, challenging and professionally fulfilling
years of my life,â€ť Raines said. â€śThe university has a strong foundation for the future,
and I am confident in its academic and administrative leadership.â€ť
John Morgan, chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, has named R. Brad Martin
as interim president beginning July 1.
Raines became the universityâ€™s 11th president, and the first woman, to hold the position
on July 1, 2001. Previously, she was vice chancellor for academic services and dean
of the College of Education at the University of Kentucky. She is the author of 14
books and numerous journal articles, and is widely regarded as an expert in teacher
education and early childhood education. Raines is a frequent speaker at community
events, as well as Harvardâ€™s Institute for Educational Management. For the last six
years, she has been a keynote speaker for Harvardâ€™s Institute for Presidents and Chancellors.
Raines has led the University of Memphis through a period of phenomenal growth. Since
her appointment as president, enrollment has grown to more than 22,000 students with
the university awarding 4,033 degrees in 2012, the most in its history.
The establishment of the University of Memphis Research Foundation, along with the
universityâ€™s focus on engaged scholarship in the community, has doubled the number
of sponsored research grants and contract awards since the beginning of Rainesâ€™ tenure.
She spearheaded the creation of the Memphis Research Consortium, a collaborative partnership
with Memphis-area researchers and corporations, and she was the first female president
of the Greater Memphis Chamber.
Major focus areas of her work with students include an increased emphasis on student
retention, expansion of the universityâ€™s Honors and Emerging Leaders programs, the
creation of a nationally-recognized internship program, development of living-learning
residential and curricular learning communities throughout campus, and the establishment
of the University of Memphis Lambuth Campus.
The U of M recently celebrated its centennial anniversary, and its $250 million Empowering the Dream capital campaign will conclude June 30, just as Raines ends her tenure.