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Compliance Certification Report
Comprehensive Standards 3.2.8


Last Updated August 24, 2004
(static edition)


Comprehensive Standards 3.2.8:

The institution has qualified administrative and academic officers with the experience, competence, and capacity to lead the institution.

The Institution Certifies Compliance: Yes

Compliance report completed by: Audit Team 11

Statement of Rationale for Judgment of Compliance:

The university's administrative and academic officers possess the necessary credentials, experience, and abilities for their positions.

The Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) is responsible for the selection and employment of the chief executive officer of the University of Memphis (UofM). [1] The current chief executive officer of the UofM, President Shirley C. Raines, was appointed to the position following a nation-wide search conducted by TBR; [2] she began serving on July 1, 2001. Previously she was vice chancellor for academic services and dean of the College of Education at the University of Kentucky in Lexington; professor and department chair of Childhood/ Language Arts/Reading at the University of South Florida; and associate professor of education at George Mason University, where she received the Distinguished Faculty Award. She also held higher education academic appointments at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, North Carolina Wesleyan, and the University of Alabama. [3]

The president selects the provost, the vice presidents for advancement, business and finance, information technology, and student affairs; and the athletic director. The provost, Ralph Faudree, has served in the position since 2001. Preceding his appointment as provost, Dr. Faudree served as the university’s interim president; prior to that, he was the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and chair of the Department of Mathematics. [4]

The vice president for business and finance, the vice president for student affairs, the vice president for information technology, and the interim vice president for advancement collectively have more than 75 years experience at colleges, universities, or related associations. [5] Each vice president was selected after a national search process; the search process for the advancement position is underway. [6]

Each executive officer selects staff to assist with the administrative and policy responsibilities of their respective function. [7] Similarly, the president selects senior staff, including the director of internal audit, to assist with the responsibilities of her office. [8]

The UofM has nine school and college deans and a dean of University Libraries, all of whom report to the provost. Each of the deans has an outstanding scholarly and teaching record in addition to extensive experience as academic leaders. [9]

A roster of administrative and academic officers and staff and their qualifications is provided for the reader's review. [10]


Relevant Organizational Unit(s):

Tennessee Board of Regents; Office of the President; Provost


Supporting Documentation and Evidence:

[1] TBR Policy 1:03:03:00 Selection and Retention of Presidents
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[2] TBR Press Release, January 30, 2001, Dr. Shirley Raines Named President of UofM
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[3] President, Curriculum Vitae
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[4] Provost, Curriculum Vitae
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[5] Vice Presidents, Curricula Vitarum:

Interim Vice President for Advancement

Vice President for Business and Finance

Vice President for Student Affairs

Vice President for Information Technology

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[6] Recruitment Announcement, Chronicle of Higher Education, 6/25/2004
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[7] Vice Provosts, Assistant Vice Provosts, Assistant Vice Presidents, Curricula Vitarum:

Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Vice Provost for Research

Assistant Vice Provost for Enrollment Services

Assistant Vice Provost for Extended Programs

Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies

Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Studies

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Student Development

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications

Executive Director of the Alumni Association/Director of Alumni and Constituent Programs

Assistant Vice President for Human Resources

Assistant Vice President for Physical Plant

Assistant Vice President for Campus Planning and Design

Assistant Vice President for Finance

Assistant Vice President for Business Services

Associate Vice President for Information Technology

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[8] President's Office, Curricula Vitarum:

Executive Assistant to the President for Partnerships and Administration

Executive Assistant to the President for Government Affairs

Assistant to the President

Director of Internal Audit

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[9] Deans, Curricula Vitarum:

Dean of the Loewenberg School of Nursing

Dean of Libraries

Dean of the College of Education

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Dean of University College and Vice Provost for Extended Programs

Dean of the School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

Dean of the Fogelman College of Business and Economics

Dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts

Interim Dean of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Dean of the Herff College of Engineering

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[10]

Qualifications of Key Administrators

Roster of Administrative and Academic Officers and Staff

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