Black Caucus and Memphis NAACP express concern with selection process of UofM president

Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 5:40 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Shelby County Black Caucus and the Memphis branch of the NAACP are expressing concerns with the selection process for the University of Memphis’ (UofM) next president.

In a joint letter, the groups note concerns surrounding Dr. Bill Hardgrave’s commitment to diversity initiatives and the Memphis community overall.

The letter also notes a “lack of racial diversity” represented among the finalists.

UofM announce Hardgrave as the university’s 13th president Tuesday afternoon. Hardgrave will replace Dr. M David Rudd, who announced in March that he would step down as the university’s 12th president.

Hardgrave is joining UofM from Auburn University.

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