For release: October 14, 2009
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University of Memphis President Shirley Raines has been selected to receive the “E”
Award (for Excellence, Equity, and Economic Advocacy for Women) from the Tennessee
Economic Council on Women. The award is presented to women who have distinguished
themselves in a specific field or life commitment that has contributed to improving
the lives of girls and women in Tennessee.
The three “E” award recipients will be honored at the annual Economic Summit for Women
on Monday, Oct. 19, in Franklin, Tenn.
“The Tennessee Economic Council on Women is pleased to announce that it has selected
Dr. Shirley C. Raines, first woman president of the University of Memphis and the
only female president of any public university in Tennessee, as the West Tennessee
recipient of the 2009 E-Award,” said Ellen Vergos, a Memphis attorney and secretary
of the Women’s Economic Council Foundation. “This award recognizes Dr. Raines’ leadership
and guidance of the University in the completion of building projects such as the
FedEx Institute of Technology and the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort
Management, her outreach in the business community to build productive partnerships
for the University to establish and enhance programs and opportunities for students,
and her community involvement and leadership in several non-profit organizations.”
Keynote speakers at the Economic Summit will include author, activist, and lecturer
Gloria Steinem, former Vermont governor Madeline Kunin, leadership/strategy expert
Dr. Carole Leland, and communications specialist Beverly Inman-Ebel.