2016 Fall Commencement
President Rudd at Performance of the UofM Orchestra
Photo of Dr. Loretta Rudd and Dr. M. David Rudd
2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards
FOCUS Act Signing

Office of the President

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." - Anatole France

I am pleased to welcome you to the University of Memphis – where we strive for excellence in everything that we do, from the curriculum, to broad range of applied learning experiences we offer, to our cutting-edge research, to our service and many connections to the community.

University of Memphis and Local School District Form New Partnership

River City Partnership

I am pleased to announce the newest partnership between University of Memphis and our local school district, Shelby County Schools, that is focused on recruiting and retaining teaching candidates from the Mid-South.

The River City Partnership will address the district's challenges of providing highly skilled educators. Our goal is to work together to strengthen the pipeline of skilled new teachers who are culturally aware of the needs of urban students.

"We want to increase the number of students who graduate from area high schools, attend the UofM and then return to Shelby County Schools to put their training to work in the classroom," said Dr. Kandi Hill-Clarke, dean of the College of Education.

This initiative, set to launch in fall 2019, will provide teacher candidates with classroom experience and allow them to mentor in some of the district's highest-needs schools.

By collaborating, we can focus on building stronger, healthier relationships and filling the need for more teachers in Memphis. We aim to graduate more teachers who are culturally competent and eager to invest in the future of so many deserving students.
I invite you to read more.


M. David Rudd
The University of Memphis