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Dr. Shirley Raines
April 15, 2013 - Shirley C. Raines, president of the University of Memphis, announced
today that she will retire from the U of M effective June 30.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the University of Memphis as president.
These have been 12 of the most enjoyable, challenging and professionally fulfilling
years of my life,” Raines said. “The university has a strong foundation for the future,
and I am confident in its academic and administrative leadership.”
John Morgan, chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, is expected to name an
interim president this week.
“President Raines has made an indelible mark on the university and the entire Memphis
community, and she will be missed,” Morgan said. “A bold leader, she helped the institution
reach new benchmarks for enrollment, research and collaboration. An ambitious partner,
she articulated a clear vision for fundraising and outreach and effectively steered
the university’s efforts to reach those goals. And an important ally, President Raines
embraced the initiatives of the Complete College Tennessee Act and has worked to improve
student performance, retention and success. She is a friend, and I appreciate the
guidance and leadership she has provided for these 12 years.”
Raines became the university’s 11th president, and the first woman, to hold the position on July 1, 2001. Previously,
she was vice chancellor for academic services and dean of the College of Education
at the University of Kentucky. She is the author of 14 books and numerous journal
articles, and is widely regarded as an expert in teacher education and early childhood
education. Raines is a frequent speaker at community events, as well as Harvard’s
Institute for Educational Management. For the last six years, she has been a keynote
speaker for Harvard’s Institute for Presidents and Chancellors.
Raines has led the University of Memphis through a period of phenomenal growth. Since
her appointment as president, enrollment has grown to more than 22,000 students with
the university awarding 4,033 degrees in 2012, the most in its history.
The establishment of the University of Memphis Research Foundation, along with the
university’s focus on engaged scholarship in the community, has doubled the number
of sponsored research grants and contract awards since the beginning of Raines’ tenure.
She spearheaded the creation of the Memphis Research Consortium, a collaborative partnership
with Memphis-area researchers and corporations, and she was the first female president
of the Greater Memphis Chamber.
Major focus areas of her work with students include an increased emphasis on student
retention, expansion of the university’s Honors and Emerging Leaders programs, the
creation of a nationally-recognized internship program, development of living-learning
residential and curricular learning communities throughout campus, and the establishment
of the University of Memphis Lambuth Campus.
The U of M recently celebrated its centennial anniversary, and its $250 million Empowering the Dream capital campaign will conclude June 30, just as Raines ends her tenure.
Raines earned her doctorate and her master’s degree from the University of Tennessee
in Knoxville. She has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Tennessee
at Martin, and has completed the Management Development Program from the Harvard Graduate
School of Education.
A native of Bells, Tenn., Raines is married to retired professor, Dr. Robert J. Canady.
She has one son and two grandchildren.