University of Memphis President to Retire

Shirley C. Raines, president of the University of Memphis, announced today that she will retire effective June 30. Raines became the university’s 11th president and the first woman to hold the position in 2001. The author of 14 books and numerous journal articles, she is widely regarded as an expert in teacher education and early childhood education. Raines earned her doctorate and masters degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The university reports that John Morgan, chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, is expected to name an interim president later this week.

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