University of Memphis News Releases

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- Thursday, March 23 -

Mission PossibleUniversity of Memphis' Central to the Arts Festival Celebrates Creativity and Community; Central Avenue Through Campus Closed for the Day

The University of Memphis announced the inaugural Central to the Arts Festival, taking place Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. This event celebrates the diversity and vibrancy of the arts scene at both the UofM and in the Memphis area.

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Mission PossibleUofM’s Hooks Institute Invites Sponsorships of April 18 Donor Appreciation Reception to Support Social Change Mission

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis will host a Donor Appreciation Reception on April 18 at 6 p.m. in the River Room of the Maxine A. Smith University Center. The theme of this event is “Mission Possible” and will be a celebration of the positive outcomes of the Institute's work and to thank its generous supporters.

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- Tuesday, March 21 -

FedEx Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Memphis Hosts CommanDING Tech Challenge of the National Institute of Standards and Technology  

The FedEx Institute of Technology of the University of Memphis was the site location of the final phase of the Technology Demonstration of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Command Dashboard Integrating Next-Gen Technology (CommanDING Tech) Challenge.

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- Monday, March 20 -

David RussomannoUniversity of Memphis Names David Russomanno Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost  

The University of Memphis Board of Trustees approved the appointment of David J. Russomanno as the UofM’s next Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost in a special called meeting on Monday. Russomanno, a former UofM faculty member, will begin the position on July 1.

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- Friday, March 17 -

University of MemphisUofM Board of Trustees will meet March 20  

The University of Memphis Board of Trustees will meet on March 20 via Zoom at 4 p.m. for a Special Called meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to approve the appointment of the next Provost for the University of Memphis. The meeting is open to the public and will be livestreamed.

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- Monday, March 13 -

Tennessee ResolutionTennessee General Assembly Honors Fayette County Activists and the University of Memphis Hooks Institute with Resolution

The Tennessee General Assembly recently passed a resolution to honor the activists from the Fayette County Movement and the documentary, website and exhibitions created by the University of Memphis Hooks Institute to preserve and analyze the history of this movement. 

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- Thursday, March 2 -

College of Education

UofM College of Education Partners with the Tennessee Department of Education for Grow Your Own Program

The University of Memphis College of Education has partnered with the Tennessee Department of Education through Tennessee’s Grow Your Own (GYO) initiative — immediately expanding opportunity to train future teachers and strengthening the teacher pipeline in Tennessee.

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- Wednesday, March 1 -


UofM President Bill Hardgrave Unveils Ascend, the 2023-28 Strategic Plan

UofM President Bill Hardgrave unveiled Ascend, the University’s first Strategic Plan as a Carnegie R1 institution. Ascend is highlighted by a focus on outcomes, a holistic student experience, broadening the UofM’s reach nationally while creating access for learners of all backgrounds, and growing and strengthening the research enterprise.

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Dr. Jennifer Mandel secures $2.2 million grant from NSF to study sunflowers
Sept. 1 | UofM’s Dr. Jennifer Mandel, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and her collaborative team comprising researchers Daniel Jones at Auburn University and John Burke of the University of Georgia, have been awarded a $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation Division of Integrative Organismal Systems – Plant Genome Research Project to study the genomics of inflorescence development and evolution in the sunflower family.

$52.2 million: Another Record for UofM Fundraising
July 19 |
The University of Memphis secured a record $52.2 million for fundraising for the fiscal year which ended June 30, including a trio of records of $29.1 million for academics, $23.1 million for athletics and $18.2 million for endowments. The previous overall record was $44.1 million in fiscal year 2019.

AutoZone’s David McKinney appointed to UofM Board of Trustees
July 18 | David McKinney, vice president of communications and public affairs for AutoZone, has been appointed to the UofM Board of Trustees by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee with approval from the State legislature. 

$25 Million Grant for GROWWTH Largest in UofM History
May 5 |
 A community partnership led by the University of Memphis received a record $25 million Tennessee Opportunity Pilot Initiative (TOPI) Implementation Grant for its Growing Relational and Generational Wealth for West Tennessee Households (GROWWTH) proposal. The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) Families First Community Advisory Board awarded the grant.

Dr. Bill Hardgrave Begins Role as 13th President of the University of Memphis
April 1 |  Dr. Bill Hardgrave began his first official day as the 13th President of the University of Memphis on campus Friday meeting, greeting, listening and learning. Prior to the UofM, Hardgrave served as Auburn University’s Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs since January 2018. He served as dean of Auburn’s Harbert College of Business from August 2010 through December 2017.