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Four local colleges, four new leaders


The region’s colleges and universities are undergoing an extraordinary transformation in leadership, virtually all within the same time frame, raising big questions about what’s next for higher education in the area.

The Daily Memphian quizzed several new leaders on their plans, and some common themes emerged. Each mentioned opportunities for collaboration with each other, economic development in Memphis and Shelby County and plans for the future.

Dr. Peter Buckley, formerly the dean of the School of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, took office as the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s 11th chancellor on Feb. 1, 2022.

In his inaugural address, Buckley spoke of his vision for raising the medical school’s profile, using cohesive branding across the state and creating a diverse workforce.

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