Board of Visitors

In 1989, a group of prominent Memphis business and community leaders, led by Robert Fogelman, formed a board to guide the president of The University of Memphis in attaining excellence and national recognition for the University. This group, known as the Board of Visitors (BOV), was the first of its kind in the state. They were charged with raising the University's national stature and enhancing the school's relationship with the local community.

Among its activities, the BOV works to enhance the image of the University and was supportive of the successful name change to the University of Memphis in 1994. It also was actively involved in the selection of the last two presidents. In addition, the BOV sponsors the Eminent Faculty Award that encourages excellence in research, teaching and outreach. This prestigious award, that comes with a $20,000 stipend completely funded by the BOV, was renamed in 2006 as the Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award after former Chairman Willard Sparks. In 1999 the board was restructured and began assisting the University in the areas of programs, fundraising and strategic planning. The full board meets twice each year in addition to committee meetings.



Laurie Tucker

Vice Chair
The Honorable Sheri Lipman

James Maclin

Robert F. Fogelman
Fogelman Investment Company
Founding BOV Chairman

The Honorable Jim Strickland
City of Memphis, Mayor



Michael Bruns
Bruns Holdings, Owner

Benjamin C. Bryant, Jr.
University of Memphis | Crews Center for Entrepreneurship, Executive in Residence

Pace D. Cooper
Cooper Hotels, President & CEO

Hilliard R. Crews, Jr.
Shelby Group International Inc., Chairman

Dr. Paul Green
University of Memphis, Psychologist & Adjunct Professor

Willie H. Gregory, Sr.
Nike Inc., Director Global Community Impact

Helen S. Gronauer
Shelby Ventures LLC

Carolyn C. Hardy
Chism Hardy Investments LLC, President & CEO

Donald Hutson
U.S. Learning, Chairman & CEO

Karen Fields Isaacman
Armstrong Relocation, Co-Chairman

Larry Jensen
Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, President & CEO

George T. Johnson
BJB Administrative Services LLC, President

Elise L. Jordan
FedEx Express, Sr. Vice President & CFO

Thomas G. Kadien
UMRF Ventures, CEO

Michael E. Kisber
FTN Financial, President

James D. Lackie
Rhyton Capital Management LLC, CEO

The Honorable Sheryl H. Lipman
United States Judiciary, United States District Judge

James Maclin
Maclin Enterprises, Principal & Consultant

William “Bill” Morris

David C. Perdue
DS Partners, CEO

Elliot Perry

Billy Orgel
Tower Ventures, President & CEO

John Reid
Russel Metal Corporation, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Bruce "Kent" Ritchey
Landers Automobile Group, President & CEO

Elkan Scheidt
Shelby Ventures, LLC, Principal

Harry L. Smith
HNB Partners

Leslie Smith
Epicenter, President/CEO

Richard A. Spell
Raymond James and Associates, Managing Director

Mitchell D. Spurlock
Power Transport and Power Freight, Founder & Chairman;
Aqua Chempac, Founder & Chairman;
Magnolia Paper, President

John W. Stokes, Jr.

David Tate
Signet, Inc., President/COO

Fred Towler
International Paper, Vice President, Supply Chain

Laurie A. Tucker
Calade Partners LLC, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer

Michael Ugwueke
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, President & CEO

David Wedaman
Re Trans Inc., President

Craig Weiss
Tower Ventures, VP-Partner & CEO

C. Kemmons Wilson, Jr.
Kemmons Wilson Companies, Principal

Dr. Thomas G. Carpenter
University President, Emeritus