Tony Poteet, assistant vice president of campus planning and design at the University
of Memphis, has been chosen to receive one the most prestigious honors for service
to the University. He received the Allen J. Hammond Presidential Award during the
annual Faculty Convocation in April at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
“To see Tony’s impact on the University of Memphis, one only has to take a quick look
around campus — the results of his work are visible at almost every turn,” said University
of Memphis President Shirley Raines.
Poteet was a guiding force behind construction of a building that has quickly become
the hub of student life on campus, the new University Center. The UC has a 24-hour
computer lab, technology hub, ballroom, restaurants and conference and lounge areas
Poteet also has played an important role in the construction of West Hall, a new dormitory
that will open in the fall. The building has garnered national attention for its sustainable
design and “neighborhood” living-learning concept. It features office space, classrooms
and living areas, along with the latest in technology.
His influence also stretches into downtown, where the Cecil C. Humphreys School of
Law opened to rave reviews in January. The U of M has one of the top law school facilities
in the nation in the refurbished former U.S. Postal Service Customs House on the bluff
overlooking the Mississippi River. The building is on the National Register of Historic
Places. Poteet went to great lengths to ensure that the building retained its past
historical significance while constructing a law school that is unsurpassed in learning
and technological features.
Other projects Poteet has been involved in include the U of M’s new baseball stadium,
FedExPark and the Frank Flautt Golf Center.
Poteet earned two degrees from the U of M: a bachelor of science in engineering technology
in 1983 and a master’s degree in city and regional planning in 1995. In 1997, he became
a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Poteet began his professional
career in 1984 as the assistant to the director of Physical Plant and Planning.
The Hammond Award (named in honor of Allen J. Hammond) is reserved for recognition
of people who have rendered significant service to the University.