Dear Campus Community:

As mentioned previously, the University of Memphis is launching a new strategic planning effort, one that will provide integration of disparate college and school strategic plans from across campus and offer a clear set of goals to drive growth over the next five years. The last several years have witnessed unprecedented activity both on campus and in the University District (UD). New private investment and funds made available from the approved tax increment financing district (TIF) will continue to fuel activity in the UD. An external contract for assistance with the strategic planning effort was bid over the last few months and has now been awarded.

I am pleased to share that the Barthwell Group will be working with us over the coming months. We have established a very ambitious schedule and have already held several strategic planning executive committee meetings. I want to welcome them to our campus and look forward to an active and engaged strategic planning effort over the course of the academic year.

Warm Regards,

M. David Rudd
President
Distinguished University Professor