University of Memphis names Auburn provost next president

November 9, 2021 GMT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Memphis’ board of trustees named Bill Hardgrave as the school’s new president on Tuesday.

Hardgrave comes to the Tennessee school from Auburn University, where he had served as provost, senior vice president for academic affairs, and dean of the business college over a 11-year period.

In 2013, Hardgrave secured a $40 million donation for Auburn, which was the largest donation to the university at the time, Memphis said in a statement announcing the hire.

Hardgrave also served as the Bradberry Chair in Information Systems in the business school at the University of Arkansas, and he established the school’s Information Technology Research Institute in 1999, the statement said.

He replaces M. David Rudd, who will be leaving his position in May to return to the Memphis faculty.