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. 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.
Executive Vice President for University Relations
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.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Office: 367 Administration Building
Division of Business and Finance
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.
Vice President for Physical Plant
Office: 223 Herzog Building
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).
Vice President for Student Academic Success and Director of Diversity Initiatives
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.
Chief of Staff
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.
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.
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
Chief Economic Development and Government Relations Officer
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Justin Lawhead
Dean of Students, Chief Health and Safety Officer
Office: 211 University Center
Dean of Students
Student Leadership & Involvement
Dr. Justin Lawhead serves as the Dean of Students and Chief Health and Safety Officer.
In this role, he conducts administrative and programmatic oversight and coordination
for the following departments: Office of Student Accountability, Student Outreach
and Support, Veterans and Military Student Services, Student Leadership and Involvement,
Multicultural Affairs, Careers Services, Student Counseling and Health Center, Police
Services, Housing and Residence Life and Disability Resources for Students. He Implements
overall vision, direction, and the continued development of a student-centered team
and programs focusing on student success. Additionally, he provides leadership in
the areas of strategic planning, human resources, policy development, and operational,
facility, and budgetary aspects for all reporting units. He also ensures compliance
with local, state, and/or federal agencies as related to the programs and services
within the offices.
Tiffany Baker Cox
Director, Office of Institutional Equity & Chief Compliance Officer
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.