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President's Staff


Kevin Roper
Executive Assistant to the President for Government Relations
Kevin is responsible for government relations which works with elected officials on legislative and funding issues for the University. The office works with faculty on federal and agency funding for research programs and with state legislators and officials on capital funding and legislative and contract issues through the University's "Insourcing" program. He works with local governments and school boards. His office hosts elected officials when attending events on campus.

Phone: 901/678-5561
Office: 322 Administration Bldg
Office of Government Relations and Public Policy


Stephanie Beasley
Assistant to the President for Community Relations
Stephanie coordinates external relations and University activities within the community for the benefit of the University including community groups and organizations, businesses, senior corporate officers, and educational leaders. In addition, she serves as a liaison with the University of Memphis Board of Visitors and Foundation Board of Trustees.

Phone: 901/678-5021
Fax: 901/678-5065
Office: 341 Administration Building


Melanie Murry
University Counsel
Melanie 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.

Phone: 901/678-2155
Fax: 901/678-3489
Office: 201 Administration Building
Office of Legal Counsel


Byron Morgan
Chief Audit Executive, Internal Audit

Byron is responsible for directing a comprehensive internal audit activity within the institution. Internal Audit plans and conducts audits to determine the adequacy of the institution's systems of internal control; efficiency and effectiveness of financial, administrative and academic management; and the degree of compliance with institutional, Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), state and federal policies and laws. The office also conducts special investigations as requested, recommends improvements to controls, provides advice on risk management, operating procedures, accounting records, and systems designs.

Phone: 901/678-2125
Fax: 901/678-5409
Office: 271 Administration Bldg
Department of Internal Audit


Jean Rakow
Coordinator of Reporting and Special Projects

Jean has responsibility for special projects and directs enterprise level reporting activities. She also has primary responsibility for developing speeches and presentations for the President, manages various communications projects, participates in university strategic planning processes, and works with the review and development of various institutional policies. In addition, Jean serves on multiple University committees and is the liaison with the Staff Senate.

Phone: 901/678-2026
Fax: 901/678-5065
Office: 341 Administration Bldg


LaTondra Arnett
Administrative Associate

Phone: 901/678-2234
Office: 341 Administration Bldg

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