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.
As always, I am delighted to share the extraordinary accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff and alumni. In this issue of the University of Memphis Magazine, read how associate professor of art history Todd Richardson, whose specialty is Renaissance art history, proves he is a true Renaissance man by transforming the former Sears Crosstown building into the Crosstown Concourse, and in doing so, breathing new life into a dying neighborhood. We chronicle how a unique internship program between the Memphis Research Consortium and Herff College of Engineering is retaining local talent and spurring economic growth in the biosciences industry in Memphis, a key ingredient to the economic survival of the city as a whole.
I also offer a glimpse back at my first one thousand days in office and detail my plans and hopes for achieving even more remarkable successes in the future in a question and answer. You can also read about a young UofM alumnus who is blazing a trail across America's National Parks in a record-setting journey that is capturing the imagination of thousands worldwide. The enormous success of our Center for Athletic Academic Services is on display again as we detail how a CAAS counselor helped former Tiger basketball star Geron Johnson—who now mentors youth—get his life back on track.
It truly is an exciting time to be a part of the University. Go Tigers!Go Tigers!
M. David Rudd
The University of Memphis