May 2022 News Releases

- Thursday, May 26 -


UofM Board of Trustees will meet June 1 

The University of Memphis Board of Trustees will meet on June 1 in the Maxine A. Smith University Center on the UofM campus. The committee meetings will be held in the UC Fountain View Boardroom beginning at 8 a.m. and will run consecutively. The Audit Committee will meet in an executive session to discuss matters confidential under state law. The full Board of Trustees meeting will begin at 1 p.m. in the UC Ballroom. All meetings are open to the public and the Board meeting will be livestreamed.  

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- Wednesday, May 11 -

HaddadDr. Linda Haddad Named UofM’s Dean of the Loewenberg College of Nursing

Dr. Linda Haddad has been named dean of the Loewenberg College of Nursing, effective Aug. 1. Haddad is an Irwin Belk distinguished professor and currently the director of the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Prior to joining UNCW, Haddad served as the associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Florida College of Nursing, the dean of the Faculty of Nursing at the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), the director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Health and Development and the deputy director of the JUST-affiliated King Abdullah University Hospital.

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- Tuesday, May 10 -


UofM’s Institute for Public Service Reporting Launches New Project Exploring Racial Injustice; Laura Faith Kebede Named Coordinator

The University of Memphis’ Institute for Public Service Reporting (IPSR) is launching a new investigative journalism project to explore racial injustice in the Mid-South and is hiring veteran journalist Laura Faith Kebede to head it up.

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- Monday, May 9 -


University of Memphis ranked safest large campus in Tennessee for 7th time in last 10 years

The University of Memphis once again ranks as the safest large campus in the State of Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s 2021 Crime on Campus Report. This marks the seventh time in 10 years the UofM has ranked as the safest of the state’s 10 universities with a student population of more than 5,000.

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- Thursday, May 5 -

mother working on laptop next to child$25 Million Grant for GROWWTH Largest in UofM History

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.

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- Thursday, May 5 -

UMRF Research Park DoorGlobal Tech Company Ookla® Expands Operations in Tennessee in UofM Research Park

Ookla®, an internationally recognized leader in network intelligence and connectivity insights, today opens its new office at the University of Memphis Research Foundation (UMRF) Research Park.

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- Wednesday, May 4 -

CommencementUofM to Hold Largest Commencement with 2,713 Graduates at FedExForum

The University of Memphis will recognize a record 2,713 graduates from spring 2022, the first under UofM President Bill Hardgrave, with three commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at FedExForum. It is the UofM’s largest in-person participating class in one semester. Richard C. Shadyac Jr., president and chief executive officer of ALSAC, will be the commencement speaker.

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