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).  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;  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. 
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. 
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.  Each vice president was selected after a national search process; the search process for the advancement position is underway. 
Each executive officer selects staff to assist with the administrative and policy responsibilities of their respective function.  Similarly, the president selects senior staff, including the director of internal audit, to assist with the responsibilities of her office. 
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. 
A roster of administrative and academic officers and staff and their qualifications is provided for the reader's review.