Dr. Karen Weddle-West is the chief academic officer of the University. She has comprehensive responsibility for developing and implementing academic policies and priorities and has responsibility for ensuring that the University's teaching, research, and service missions are successfully implemented. She works closely with the deans and directors of the academic areas to ensure that the University recruits and retains high-quality faculty who offer optimal student experiences.
Dr. Ray is responsible for the Division of Student Affairs, which consists of 12 departments and 28 different functions all structured to facilitate the transition, retention, and graduation of students. Departments within the division provide outreach, support, activities/events, and resources vital for student success. Dr. Ray works collaboratively across campus and within the Memphis community to implement the Student Affairs' mission of fostering student learning through engagement.
Vice President for External Relations and Executive Director of the UofM Alumni Association
Office: 303 Administration Building
Communications, Public Relations & Marketing
Ms. Hedges has responsibility for the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations and the Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing. Alumni and Constituent Relations maintains the connection between the University and its alumni and friends, fostering lifelong relationships and involvement through the UofM Alumni Association. Communications, Public Relations and Marketing is responsible for expanding the public's general knowledge and understanding of the University, communicating news and publicizing activities taking place at, or under the auspices of, the UofM. The department is also responsible for the UofM's social media engagement, website maintenance, institutional branding and many of the University's major events.
Vice President for Research
Office: 308 Administration Building
Andy Meyers is currently Vice President for Research and Executive Director of the UofM Research Foundation. He joined the Department of Psychology here in 1976 and served as Director of the Center for Applied Psychological Research (1985 to 1990) and department chairman (1990 to 2002) before becoming Vice Provost for Research (2003-2013). Dr. Meyers' primary research interests are the assessment, prevention and treatment of problem gambling behavior. He was the winner of the 1995-96 University of Memphis, College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Research Award and in 2003 was named the college's Meritorious Faculty Award winner. Dr. Meyers has been a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, where he served as President (1998-2001).
Interim Vice President for Business and Finance
Office: 367 Administration Building
Division of Business and Finance
Ms. Smith has responsibility for the University's fiscal, human, and plant resources. She ensures that the University's fiscal resources are managed responsibly and appropriately, that the University has a knowledgeable and helpful workforce, and that our faculty, staff and students enjoy facilities that are safe and conducive to learning. She oversees an annual operating budget of more than $300 million and a plant of 202 buildings located on 1170 acres.
Mr. Prince leads the Development Office, which works to advance the mission of the University and enrich its future by securing philanthropic support for academic initiatives university-wide. This is accomplished by fostering donor-centered relationships with alumni, friends and organizations. The Development Office includes annual giving, major giving, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, donor relations and advancement services.
Dr. Jackson leads Information Technology Services (ITS) and is responsible for IT strategic planning, policy recommendations, information security and governance. He ensures ITS meets academic and administrative computing needs through oversight of the ITS Service Desk, Network Services, Telecommunications and Data Center Operations, Desktop Support, Enterprise Infrastructure Services, Research Computing and Enterprise Application Services.
Dr. Jasbir Dhaliwal
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Chief Innovation Officer and Dean of the Graduate School
Phone: 901.678.4653 or 901.678.1596
FedEx Institute of TechnologyGraduate School
As Chief Innovation Officer of the University, Dr. Dhaliwal leads strategic innovation priorities for the President's Office to modernize the university's academic and research culture. This includes serving as the Executive Director of the FedEx Institute of Technology which, as the front door to the university's research capabilities and infrastructure, promotes interdisciplinary research clusters, corporate engagement and technology commercialization. On the academic side, Dr. Dhaliwal has strategic responsibility for all aspects of the university's portfolio of 114 graduate programs that enroll about 4000 graduate students in studies at the doctoral, masters and graduate certificate levels. As Vice Provost for Academic Affairs he supports the Office of the Provost on key priorities to advance the university's academic mission.
Ms. Murry is responsible for the legal work of the University, which includes a broad array of issues from contracts to employment matters to intellectual property. She is assisted by the employees of the Office of Legal Counsel, which she manages. The mission of the office is to provide timely and competent legal assistance to all areas of the University and to assist the University in accomplishing its mission.
Mr. Bowen has the responsibility for oversight of all intercollegiate sports associated with the University. He has responsibility for all on-campus intercollegiate athletic facilities and works with the Liberty Bowl and FedEx Forum. In addition, he has responsibility for negotiating contracts and fund-raising for the division.
Bruce Harber serves as the University and President's representative to the Board of Trustees, assisting with board governance, compliance, and administrative issues. He coordinates all non-academic effectiveness initiatives, both institutional and operational, and provides analysis and recommendations regarding strategy formulation, project implementation, and proposed methodologies. Bruce also oversees the university's Process Improvement initiatives, the Shared Services Center, and serves as the neighborhood liaison for community outreach and economic development. In addition, he oversees the Office of Government Relations. Government Relations maintains relationships with city, county, state and federal legislators for the betterment of the University community through public policy formation, education and engagement.
Chief Economic Development and Government Relations Officer
Office: 322 Administration Building
Office of Government Relations
Ted Townsend leads the University's economic development activities in Memphis and Jackson, to include attracting and retaining university-area businesses, and will work to increase internship and employment opportunities for students. He will represent the University of Memphis at the local, state, and federal government levels, and monitor and advocate legislation and higher education policy issues.