Corporate Strategy Council

What is the Corporate Strategy Council?

Given the breadth of involvement of our partners, the UofM hosts an interdisciplinary council, comprised of faculty and staff from across the University. Representatives from the Greater Memphis Chamber also serve on the council to help realize the UofM’s economic development partnership.  

Goals of the Corporate Strategy Council 

The Corporate Strategy Council has been working to create a strategic plan to deepen relationships with current corporate partners and to engage new partners with the following goals: 

  • match corporate objectives with UofM resources and vice versa
  • identify mutually beneficial relationships with opportunities for transformational partnership
  • highlight opportunities for ongoing executive engagement

Meet the Council

Stephanie Beasley headshotStephanie Beasley
Strategic Initiatives
Office of the President
Chief of Staff, University of Memphis
Dr. Cody Behles headsotDr. Cody Behles
FedEx Institute of Technology
Director, Innovation & Research Support, University of Memphis
Apryl Childs-Potter headshotApryl Childs-Potter
Economic Development
Chief Marketing Officer,
Greater Memphis Chamber
Joanna Curtis headshotJoanna Curtis
Vice President for Advancement, University of Memphis
Amy Daniels headshotAmy Daniels
Economic Development
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, Greater Memphis Chamber
Dr. Dasguptar headshotDr. Dipankar Dasgupta
College of Arts & Sciences/
Computer Science
Hill Professor in Cybersecurity and Director, Center for Info. Assurance 
Mary Ann Dawson headshotMary Ann Dawson
FedEx Institute of Technology
Assistant Director, Operations & Marketing
Blar DeBord headshotBlair DeBord
Associate Athletics Director
Bridgette Decent headshotBridgette Decent
Institutional Research
Director, Institutional Research
Kimberly Grantham headshotKimberly Grantham
Chair of Council
Executive Director, Advancement
Alisha Rose-Henderson headshotAlisha Rose-Henderson
Career Services
Director, Career Services
Stephanie Ivey headshotDr. Stephanie Ivey
Herff College of Engineering
Associate Dean for Research, Professor, Civil Engineering
Dr. Balaji Krishnan headshotDr. Balaji Krishnan
Fogelman College of Bus. & Econ.
Executive Director, International Academic Relationships and Recruitment, Professor, Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management
Todd Kucinski headshotTodd Kucinski
Tiger Sports Properties
General Manager
Pierre Landaiche headshotPierre Landaiche
Economic Development
CEO, UMRF Ventures
Dr. Justin Lawhead headshotDr. Justin Lawhead
Student Success
Chief Health and Wellness Safety Officer and Dean of Students
Dr. Richard Irwin headshotDr. Richard Irwin
Academic Innovation
Executive Dean for UofM Global & Academic Innovation
Boomer Martin headshotBoomer Martin
Development Coordinator
Sally Parish headshotSally Parish
University Schools
Associate Vice President for Educational Initiatives
Troy Parkes headshotTroy Parkes
Economic Development
Director, UMRF Research Park
Dr. Chuck Pierce headshotDr. Chuck Pierce
Fogelman College of Bus. & Econ.
Interim Dean, Fogelman College of Business & Economics
Courtney Shelton headshotCourtney Shelton
Conference & Event Services
Director, Conference and Event Services
Holly Snyder headshotHolly Snyder
Marketing and Communications
Director, Digital Communications
Ted Townsend headshotTed Townsend
Economic Dev. & Government Affairs
Chief Economic Development Officer with the Greater Memphis Chamber
Katie VanLandingham headshotKatie VanLandingham
Economic Dev. & Government Affairs
Senior Director, Government Relations and Public Policy
Adam Walker headshotDr. Adam Walker
Executive Associate Athletics Director
Matt Walker headshotMatt Walker
Director of Foundation Relations
Eric Wilson headshotEric Wilson
Career Services
Assistant Director, Employment Partnerships