Communications from the Office of the President


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The President's Perspective — Vol. 25
Today, I want to talk with you about something that I call Omni Education. This comes from retail. For years, I've had the opportunity to work with major retailers throughout the world. ...


The President's Perspective — Vol. 24
As we continue our series of introducing you to our deans on campus, this week, I have dean Ashish Joshi from the School of Public Health. ...


The President's Perspective — Vol. 23
We are continuing our series of introducing you to some of our new deans on campus. Today, I have with us our newest dean — Dr. Bobby Garrett from the Fogelman College of Business & Economics. ...


The President's Perspective — Vol. 22
When you look across the University, each college and school is headed by an academic dean. That dean really serves as the senior leader for each of those areas. ...


The President's Perspective — Vol. 21
Welcome and thanks for joining us today. I have a very special guest with me today, Ansley Ecker, who is our Student Government Association president. ...


The President's Perspective — Vol. 20
One of our goals is around the development of our people. One of the crucial things we must do is assure that your developing that next generation of leaders. ...


The President's Perspective — Vol. 19
I do get asked occasionally why we have a strategic plan and why it's necessary. The plan that we put together, Ascend, really gives us a road map to where we need to go and how to get there. ...


The President's Perspective — Vol. 18
Today, we have a special guest with us, our new Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Dr. David Russomanno, joined us July 1. David, welcome to the University of Memphis. ...


The President's Perspective — Vol. 17
I've talked a lot in recent months about the safety and security of our campus, and that remains our No. 1 priority. We want our faculty, staff and students to be safe and to feel safe.  ...


The President's Perspective — Vol. 16
A key part of student success is what we call student engagement. We have got to get the students where they feel like they are part of the University. 


The President's Perspective — Vol. 15
In previous videos, I've talked about the importance of facilities. It's in our strategic plan and it's really the first thing you see when you come our campus, especially if you are a visitor.  ...


The President's Perspective — Vol. 14
Each year, this University recognizes one faculty member for the Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award and this year's winner is Dr. Duane McKenna. He is the William Hill Professor of Biology. 


The President's Perspective — Vol. 13
There has been a lot of talk recently about the role of credentialing in higher education. For a long time, this role of credentialing was not something we talked about in higher education. We have to embrace this ...


The President's Perspective — Vol. 12
This week, I want to talk about something that we call the educational ecosystem. If you look at our strategic plan, you'll see it embedded in there almost in a subtle way, but it's an incredibly important concept.


The President's Perspective — Vol. 11
Today, I want to talk about our Campus Schools. Many don't realize or have forgotten, perhaps, that this University was founded in 1912 as a Normal School, another way of saying we are a teacher preparation school. ...


The President's Perspective — Vol. 10
This week, I want to talk about the role of athletics in being a nationally recognized university, which is part of our strategic plan, of course.


The President's Perspective — Vol. 9
Several weeks ago, we started Goal 1 of the seven goals. This week, I want to talk about Goal 7, the last of the goals. All the things that we have talked about up to this point really are not possible without proper resources.  ...


The President's Perspective — Vol. 8
This week, I want to talk to you about Goal 6, which is exemplifying operational excellence. We'll start with our physical infrastructure. If you haven't been to our campus in a while, please come visit our campus.


The President's Perspective — Vol. 7
This week, I want to talk about Goal 5, which deals with our people. Specifically, recruit, retain, reward and recognize our people. Our faculty and staff really are the backbone and the lifeblood of who we are as a University.  ...


The President's Perspective — Vol. 6
This week, I want to talk to you about Goal 4, which is around research. As you hopefully know by now, in December 2021, we were classified as a Carnegie R1 institution, which puts us among the top 150 schools in the country in research .


The President's Perspective — Vol. 5
This week, I want to talk about Goal 3, which is Outcomes-Based Academics. It's this idea that we start with outcomes in mind and work our way backward.  ...


The President's Perspective — Vol. 4
Goal 2 of our strategic plan, around the opportunities to succeed, is about the environment that we have here. It is the sports that creates part of the environment. It is the facilities that we have. It is the safety and security of our campus, which is paramount. ...


The President's Perspective — Vol. 3
Last week, I talked a little bit about Goal 1 and I want to continue that conversation around aggressively providing access and extending our footprint nationally.  ...


The President's Perspective — Vol. 2
Today, I want to spend a couple of minutes talking about Goal 1. It's labeled aggressively provide access. That word aggressively was chosen specifically because one of the things we have to do to become a national university is extend our reach ...


The President's Perspective — Vol. 1
Hopefully, by now, you've heard about our new strategic plan — Ascend. This was the culmination of a lot of effort, a lot of time and a lot of energy. Over 1,100 people contributed to this plan.  ...


Your Safety and Security: Our No. 1 Priority
The University of Memphis is continuously working to ensure our campus community is protected and secure. Let’s join together to keep each other and our campus safe. ...


David Russomanno Named Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
I am very excited to welcome David Russomanno back to the University of Memphis as our Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.  ...


National Employee Appreciation Day
University of Memphis employees, it is an honor to celebrate each of you. Not just today, on National Employee Appreciation Day, but every day. ...


Introducing Ascend — the UofM's 2023-28 Strategic Plan
Tiger Family, the time has come for a new strategic plan, which will guide us over the next five years as we continue to ascend to greater heights as a nationally respected public research institution.  ...


Welcome to the Spring Semester
Hello Tiger Family, I hope everyone had a great holiday break and an opportunity to recharge and prepare for a beginning of an exciting new year. ...


113th General Assembly Welcome
Esteemed members of the 113th Tennessee General Assembly, I'm Bill Hardgrave, President of the University of Memphis. I wish you the best during this year's legislative session.  ...



Mid-Year Compensation Adjustments
The University implemented a 3% across-the-board compensation adjustment effective July 1, 2022. When the compensation plan was developed for this financial year, we made a commitment to ...


Welcome to the Fall Semester
This time of year is one of my favorites, as we welcome students, faculty and staff back to campus for the beginning of a new academic year. ...


A Message to Our Tiger Family
I am honored and excited to officially begin serving this great University today. I’m ready to get to work! I hope you will join me as we together take our University to new heights. ...



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11/18 A Message from Bill Hardgrave
I am honored to write to you today to share my gratitude and excitement for being named the 13th President of the University of Memphis. ...