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Memphis’ Rhodes College appoints new president

December 7, 2021 GMT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Rhodes College has announced the appointment of Jennifer M. Collins as the Memphis school’s 21st president.

Collins has served as dean of the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in Texas since 2014, according to a news release on the appointment Monday. There she manages a $49 million annual budget and has raised more than $50 million for scholarships, staff and programming, according to the release. She has also increased the number of applications to the law school each year and vastly increased alumni engagement.

Previously Collins was a provost at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

Collins is a graduate of Harvard Law School and clerked for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. She has also worked for the U.S. Department of Justice and as an assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia.

Collins will assume her responsibilities next July.