Former President of University of Memphis dies

Former President of University of Memphis dies
Former University of Memphis President Dr. Thomas G. Carpenter dies (Source: University of Memphis)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A former President of the University of Memphis has died. A news release from the University said Dr. Thomas G. Carpenter died on January 6, he was 94 years old.

Carpenter was the 11th president of UofM. He started his presidency in 1980. His presidency was succeeded by Dr. V. Lane Rawlins.

UofM constructed the Thomas G. Carpenter Student Housing Complex in 1990. The building resides between Central Avenue and Poplar Avenue and was named in his honor.

Carpenter graduated from then-Memphis State College in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in business. He earned a master’s degree in economics from Baylor University in 1950 and relocated to Florida in 1954 to begin what would be a nearly 40-year career in higher education. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1964 while serving as an economics instructor and assistant director of housing at the school.

The news release added Carpenter was appointed by the Florida Board of Regents to become the founding president of the University of North Florida, assuming office August 1, 1969. UNF named their library after Carpenter in 1981.

“The entire University of Memphis community is saddened to learn of Dr. Carpenter’s passing... He had a remarkable career, making a positive impact on so many lives in the process. We are forever grateful for his contributions and dedication to helping make our University the place it is today. The UofM sends its deepest condolences to his family.”
UofM President M. David Rudd

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