December 20, 2011
The University of Memphis assumed control of what was formerly Lambuth University
today with the official recording of the deed. Transfer of the property was made from
the Lambuth University Board of Directors to the State of Tennessee, for the benefit
of the University of Memphis.
“This is a monumental day not only for the University of Memphis, but also for the
citizens of Jackson and West Tennessee,” said Shirley Raines, president of the University
The City of Jackson, Madison County Government, West Tennessee Healthcare, and the
Jackson Energy Authority each contributed $2 million to purchase the campus and then
turn it over to the State of Tennessee, for use by the University of Memphis. With
the assistance of Governor Bill Haslam, the state legislature agreed to allocate state
funding for operating costs once the transfer of property is complete.
An official flag-raising ceremony has been scheduled at the Lambuth campus for noon
on January 12.
The University of Memphis at Lambuth opened for classes this fall with more than 300
students. Registration is currently underway for the spring semester.