President's Council

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Tom NenonTom Nenon
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Phone: 901.678.2119
Fax: 901.678.3643
E-mail: tnenon@memphis.edu
Office: 360 Administration Building
Academic Affairs

Dr. Nenon, former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, is the chief academic officer of the University. He has served as interim provost of the UofM from September 1, 2012 to March 15, 2013. He will be responsible for ensuring that the University's teaching, research, and service missions are successfully implemented. He works closely with the deans and directors of the academic areas to ensure that the University recruits and retains high-quality faculty who offer optimal student experiences.

Dr. Jasbir DhaliwalJasbir Dhaliwal
Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation
Fax: 901.678.0378
E-mail: jdhaliwl@memphis.edu
FedEx Institute of Technology   |   Division of Research and Innovation

Dr. Dhaliwal is responsible for the planning and implementation of the university’s strategic research plan. As chief research and innovation officer, he leads all efforts relating to the University’s goal of being an internationally recognized research institution with the highest level of research activity with a special focus on leading through innovation in relation to its urban metropolitan context. This includes serving as the executive director of the FedEx Institute of Technology which, as the front door to the university's research capabilities and infrastructure, promotes interdisciplinary research clusters, corporate engagement and technology commercialization. He also leads strategic innovation priorities for the President's Office to modernize the university's academic and research culture.

Tammy HedgesTammy Hedges
Executive Vice President for University Relations
Fax: 901.678.3607
E-mail: thedges@memphis.edu
Office: 308 Administration Building
Marketing and Communications
University Programs & Special Projects

As the Executive Vice President for University Relations, Ms. Hedges has responsibility for the Department of Marketing and Communications, Athletic Marketing and External Relations and the Department of University Programs & Special Projects. She is responsible for expanding the public's general knowledge and understanding of the University of Memphis, UofM Lambuth and UofM Global. Ms. Hedges and her team communicate news and publicize activities taking place at, or under the auspices of, the UofM. The department is also responsible for the UofM's social media engagement, website maintenance, institutional branding and many of the University's major events and special projects. In addition, she oversees all marketing efforts related to Tiger Athletics.

Raaj KurapatiRaaj Kurapati
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Fax: 901.678.5128
E-mail: kurapati@memphis.edu
Office: 367 Administration Building
Division of Business and Finance
Physical Plant
Police Services
Campus Planning and Design

Raaj Kurapati leads the University's Division of Business and Finance which consists of the areas of Finance, Human Resources and Business Services, and also oversees the departments of Physical Plant, Police Services and Campus Planning and Design. He has responsibility for ensuring that the University's fiscal resources are managed responsibly and appropriately. He evaluates and advises on the impact of short and long range planning and the introduction and/or enhancement of programs and strategies by providing financial input and leadership on decision-making issues affecting the organization. He also oversees the implementation of innovative and proactive programs and services responding to the changing needs and requirements of the University’s financial, business services, and human resources functions.

Ron BrooksRon Brooks
Vice President for Physical Plant
Phone: 901.678.2077
Fax: 901.678.2077
E-mail: rbrooks@memphis.edu
Office: 223 Herzog Building
Physical Plant

Mr. Brooks has responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the physical facilities, building services and landscape operations. Also, he is responsible for space planning and utilization, sustainability, rental property, pest control, and surplus property management. Physical Plant provides services in 239 buildings at eight locations and employs more than 300 men and women to serve the needs of the faculty, staff and students. Mr. Brooks is a Professional Engineer licensed in Illinois and Tennessee. He holds both a bachelors and masters degree in Civil Engineering. He has held leadership roles in the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA), the Southeastern Regional Association of Physical Plant Administrators (SRAPPA), and the Tennessee Association of Physical Plant Administrators (TNAPPA).

Karen Weddle-WestKaren Weddle-West
Vice President for Student Academic Success and Director of Diversity Initiatives
Fax: 901.678.5202
E-mail:  kweddle@memphis.edu
Office: 235 Administration Building
Student Academic Success

As Vice President for Student Academic Success, Dr. Weddle-West's main goal is to make sure students have the best support and learning opportunities possible. She is responsible for ensuring the areas under her division support the University’s academic mission by offering a wide variety of programs and services across nine departments that inspire students’ intellectual, professional, civic and personal growth both on campus and in a diverse global society.

Stephanie BeasleyStephanie Beasley
Chief of Staff
Phone: 901.678.5021
Fax: 901.678.5065
E-mail: sbeasly1@memphis.edu
Office: 341 Administration Building
Office of the President

Stephanie works directly with the President in the development and implementation of strategic initiatives that support the University’s vision. She works with the leadership team to coordinate and track projects and assists in framing and advancing key initiatives. She also oversees all operations of the Office of the President.

Joanna CurtisJoanna Curtis
Vice President for Advancement
Fax: 901.678.1699
E-mail: jecurtis@memphis.edu 
Office: 323 Administration Building
University Advancement
Alumni Association

Ms. Curtis leads the Advancement Office and the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations, which work to advance the mission of the University and enrich its future by securing philanthropic support for academic initiatives university-wide. This is accomplished by fostering donor-centered relationships with alumni, friends and organizations. The Development Office includes annual giving, major giving, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, donor relations and advancement services. Alumni and Constituent Relations maintains the connection between the University and its alumni and friends, fostering lifelong relationships and involvement through the UofM Alumni Association.

Robert JacksonRobert Jackson
Chief Information Officer
Fax: 901.678.5656
E-mail: rjax@memphis.edu
Office: 377 Administration Building
Information Technology Services

Dr. Jackson leads Information Technology Services (ITS) and is responsible for IT strategic planning, policy recommendations, information security and governance. He ensures ITS meets academic and administrative computing needs through oversight of the ITS Service Desk, Network Services, Telecommunications and Data Center Operations, Desktop Support, Enterprise Infrastructure Services, Research Computing and Enterprise Application Services.

Ted TownsendTed Townsend
Chief Economic Development and Government Relations Officer
Phone: 901.678.5561
Fax: 901.678.0863
E-mail: Ted.Townsend@memphis.edu
Office: 322 Administration Building
Office of Government Relations

Ted Townsend leads the University's economic development activities in Memphis and Jackson, to include attracting and retaining university-area businesses, and will work to increase internship and employment opportunities for students. He will represent the University of Memphis at the local, state, and federal government levels, and monitor and advocate legislation and higher education policy issues.

Melanie MurryMelanie Murry
University Counsel
Fax: 901.678.3489
E-mail: mmurry@memphis.edu
Office: 201 Administration Building
Office of Legal Counsel

Ms. Murry is responsible for the legal work of the University, which includes a broad array of issues from contracts to employment matters to intellectual property. She is assisted by the employees of the Office of Legal Counsel, which she manages. The mission of the office is to provide timely and competent legal assistance to all areas of the University and to assist the University in accomplishing its mission.

Laird VeatchLaird Veatch
Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
Fax: 901.678.5078
Email: lfveatch@memphis.edu
Office: 101 Athletic Office Building
UofM Athletics

Mr. Veatch has the responsibility for oversight of all intercollegiate sports associated with the University. He has responsibility for all on-campus intercollegiate athletic facilities and works with the Liberty Bowl and FedEx Forum. In addition, he has responsibility for negotiating contracts and fund-raising for the division.

Tiffany CoxTiffany Baker Cox
Director, Office of Institutional Equity & Chief Compliance Officer
Fax: 901.678.4800
Email: tbaker1@memphis.edu   
Office: 156 Administration Building
Office for Institutional Equity

As Director of the Office for Institutional Equity (OIE) and Chief Compliance Officer, Ms. Cox is responsible for ensuring University compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws. She is also the University designated coordinator for oversight and implementation of campus policies that specifically implement Title VI, Title IX and the ADA. Ms. Cox works with a dedicated team of OIE staff whose collective mission is to provide institutional leadership in furthering the University’s commitment to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination by promoting a culture where everyone is valued, respected and given a meaningful chance to thrive and succeed.