MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Editor's Note: Video from Nov. 9, 2021
Dr. Bill Hardgrave began his first official day as the 13th President of the University of Memphis on Friday, April 1.
“It is a tremendous honor to officially begin serving this great University,” said Hargrave. “I am excited to get started.”
Prior to the UofM, Hardgrave served as Auburn University’s Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs since January 2018. He served as dean of Auburn’s Harbert College of Business from August 2010 through December 2017.
“I am already aware of our wonderful community and loyal supporters and their incredible passion for our institution. It is truly inspiring, and they will continue to play a vital role in the future of the UofM.”
Hardgrave said, he recognizes the exponential growth in the UofM and looks to take the University to even greater heights.
Dr. M. David Rudd, UofM's 12th President, announced on March 10, 2021 that he would step down effective May, 2022, after leading the university for eight years. Rudd said at that time, he plans to take a year sabbatical, then return to the faculty in 2023.