Dear Campus Community:

A transition taskforce has been formed to facilitate the move to an independent governing board and is co-chaired by Melanie Murry, our general counsel, and David Zettergren, vice president for business and finance. Over the last several weeks, the taskforce addressed policy and related administrative issues and served in an advisory role while the proposed legislation was initially reviewed in Senate and House committees. Now that the legislation is moving quickly toward final approval, we need expansion of the taskforce to include representative members of faculty, staff and students.

In the coming weeks, I'll be reaching out to the Faculty and Staff Senates, along with the Student Government Association, to discuss possible members. My office will be scheduling a continuing series of breakfast meetings with each of these groups to review issues, concerns and ideas for shaping the best pathway forward. Please don't hesitate to share your thoughts at http://www.memphis.edu/focusact/.

Regards,

M. David Rudd
President | Distinguished University Professor