UofM Names Former FedEx Exec as Communications Chief

Michele Ehrhart

March 26, 2024— The University of Memphis today announced Michele Ehrhart, a 22-year communications veteran of FedEx, as its Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, rounding out the executive team at the UofM.

Ehrhart will lead a team of 20 seasoned professionals responsible for the enterprise-level marketing and communications for the UofM, covering internal communications, marketing, media relations, graphic design, social media, photography and videography.

“Having been with a Fortune 500 company for the past two decades, Michele brings a wealth of experience to this vital role at our University,” said University of Memphis President Bill Hardgrave. “Her knowledge of Memphis and of local industry, coupled with her success in leading high-performing teams, make her the ideal person to be at the helm of our marketing and communications team, especially as we continue to advance our Ascend strategic plan and R1 journey.”

Ehrhart has considerable experience in crafting and executing strategic communications plans at the enterprise level. Over the years at FedEx, she was responsible for crisis communication and reputation management, global citizenship programs through the FedEx Cares program, thought leadership and corporate brand identity. Through regular interactions with senior leadership, Ehrhart provided trusted counsel to advance and protect the FedEx brand.

"I am honored to serve the University of Memphis in this important role,” said Ehrhart. “I look forward to collaborating with the team to strengthen the university's reputation, advance the mission and foster meaningful connections with our students, faculty, alumni and community stakeholders. As a proud graduate of the University, I am personally invested in the continued success of the institution and the brand.”

Ehrhart, who has an executive MBA from the UofM, will begin her role April 1.

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