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University of Memphis Officially Takes Over at Lambuth

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 of Memphis.  
 
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.

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