Provost (On leave of absence from December 17, 2018 to February 8, 2019)
Office: 360 Administration Building
Office of the Provost
Dr. Karen Weddle-West is the chief academic officer of the University. She has comprehensive responsibility for developing and implementing academic policies and priorities and has responsibility for ensuring that the University's teaching, research, and service missions are successfully implemented. She 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. Nenon, professor of philosophy and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has been named acting provost. 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.
Dr. Ray is responsible for the Division of Student Affairs, which consists of 12 departments and 28 different functions all structured to facilitate the transition, retention, and graduation of students. Departments within the division provide outreach, support, activities/events, and resources vital for student success. Dr. Ray works collaboratively across campus and within the Memphis community to implement the Student Affairs' mission of fostering student learning through engagement.
Vice President for External Relations and Executive Director of the UofM Alumni Association
Office: 308 Administration Building
Marketing and Communications
Ms. Hedges has responsibility for the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations and the Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing. 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. Communications, Public Relations and Marketing is responsible for expanding the public's general knowledge and understanding of the University, communicating news and publicizing 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.
Chief Financial Officer
Office: 367 Administration Building
Division of Business and Finance
Raaj Kurapati leads the University's Division of Business and Finance which consists of the areas of Finance, Human Resources and Business Services. 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.
Ms. Curtis leads the Development Office, which works 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.
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.
Dr. Jasbir Dhaliwal
Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation
FedEx Institute of Technology | Division of Research and Sponsored Programs
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.
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. Bowen 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.
Bruce Harber leads the Division of Operations and Facilities, which consists of Campus Planning and Design, Environmental Health and Safety, Physical Plant, and Police Services. Bruce serves as the University and President's representative to the Board of Trustees, assisting with board communications, administrative matters and logistics. He coordinates all non-academic effectiveness initiatives, both institutional and operational, which includes serving in leadership roles on the Institutional Effectiveness Council and with the Process Improvement program, and provides analysis and recommendations regarding strategy formulation, project implementation and proposed methodologies.
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.