UofM Board of Trustees approves new culinary institute

June 5, 2019  - The University of Memphis Board of Trustees approved the KWS-CAFÉ (Culinary Arts and Foodservice Enterprise) as an expansion of the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality & Resort Management at its meeting Wednesday in the University Center.

It will be housed in the recently closed culinary school, L’Ecole Culinaire, at 1245 Germantown Parkway in Cordova. The lease for the Institute requires State Building Commission approval.

In other action, the Board:

  • Reported on the Academic Coaching for Excellence (ACE) designed to improve academic recruitment, retention and graduation rates that recorded the highest GPA improvement in ACE history – 2.39, which is 2.8 times higher than a non-ACE cohort. The retention rate was 8.9 times higher while the return to good-standing was 7.9 times higher;
  • Reported on the continued Road to Carnegie R1 Status;
  • Informed of the name change of the University College to the College of Professional & Liberal Studies (CPLS);
  • Approved four new programs with a PhD in Applied Physics, PhD in Health Sciences, BS in Public Health and a MS in Data Science;
  • Approved the new UofM student trustee, Noah Agnew.

The next University of Memphis Board of Trustees meeting will be on Sept. 4, 2019 in the University Center.