Dr. Karen Weddle-West
As Interim 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.
Rosie Phillips Bingham
Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Bingham leads the Division of Student Affairs. The division is comprised of Student Development and Student Life. The division's mission, "Students Learning Through Engagement and Involvement," drives the programs and activities that build on the University's academic base. Student Affairs strives to consider all aspects of a student's life at the University, always mindful of the "whole person" and the role the University can play in a student's development as an individual.
Vice President for Business and Finance
As Vice President for Business and Finance, David Zettergren has responsibility for the University's fiscal, human, and plant resources. He ensures that the University's fiscal resources are managed responsibly and appropriately, that the University has a knowledgeable and helpful workforce, and that our faculty, staff and students enjoy facilities that are safe and conducive to learning. He oversees an annual operating budget of more than $300 million and a plant of 202 buildings located on 1170 acres.
Interim Vice President for Research
Andy Meyers is currently Interim Vice President for Research and Executive Director of the U of M Research Foundation. He joined the Department of Psychology here in 1976 and served as Director of the Center for Applied Psychological Research (1985 to 1990) and department chairman (1990 to 2002) before becoming Vice Provost for Research (2003-2013). Dr. Meyers’ primary research interests are the assessment, prevention and treatment of problem gambling behavior. He was the winner of the 1995-96 University of Memphis, College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Research Award and in 2003 was named the college’s Meritorious Faculty Award winner. Dr. Meyers has been a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, where he served as President (1998-2001).
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./p>
Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer for Information Technology
Ms. Watson serves as the University's Chief Information Officer and Vice Provost for Information Technology. She has management and leadership responsibilities for academic and administrative computing, networks, and telecommunications. She is responsible for overseeing institution-wide policy decisions governing IT, serves as the institutional data security officer, and leads the development of the annual Strategic Plan for Information Technology.
Vice President of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing
As Vice President of Communications, Public Relations, and Marketing, Linda is responsible for promoting the public's general knowledge and understanding of the University, communicating news and publicizing activities taking place at or under the auspices of the U of M, as well as planning many of the U of M's major events.
The Athletic Director 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 responsiblity for negotiating contracts and fund-raising for the division.
Charles Burkett earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Memphis in 1973. He worked for First Tennessee Bank for 41 years and retired from his position as Head of Banking in December, 2011. Currently, Charles is Chairman of the First Tennessee Foundation. He is a former Chairman of the University of Memphis Board of Visitors and is a current member of the BOV. Charles and his wife Judy chaired the very successful Empowering the Dream Capital Campaign for the University of Memphis. Charles also serves as a board member for the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and the Mid-South Minority Business Council. He is past Chairman of the Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce, United Way of the Mid-South and the American Heart Association.
R. Brad Martin
Martin, retired chairman and CEO of Saks Incorporated, currently chairs his private investment firm RBM Venture Company. A graduate of the university in 1976, Martin served as Student Government President and as a member of the Student Ambassador Board. He has served as Interim President at the U of M, chaired the Board of Visitors and the U of M Foundation Board of Trustees, received the Distinguished Alumni Award, and taught a U of M class in state and local politics. Martin also earned an MBA degree from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. He holds the distinction of being the youngest person elected to the Tennessee General Assembly, where he served five terms in the House of Representatives. Today he participates on a variety of corporate, civic and charitable boards, including FedEx, First Horizon National Corporation, Dillard’s, and Chesapeake Energy.