Dear Campus Community:

In the fall a Community Engagement Task Force was formed to address a range of issues, including how our campus defines "community engagement", current efforts and activities, and to offer recommendations on how we move forward in effective fashion. First, let me thank the members of the task force; they are listed on the page two of the attached report. They have done an excellent job and offered practical recommendations that will help shape a productive path forward for our University. Please take a few minutes to read and review the report.

In the coming months, I will be working with Provost Weddle-West and our VP for Research, Dr. Andy Meyers to identify and articulate our next steps and develop an implementation plan. The work of this task force and their report make several things clear. Our campus is already engaged at multiple points of intersection with the Memphis community. And most importantly, development of a careful and coordinated strategy will not only make our efforts more efficient, but both deepen and broaden our impact in Memphis.

Best Regards,

M. David Rudd
President | Distinguished University Professor