Lambuth University reborn

Sort of.  It will operate as an off-campus site of the University of Memphis.  This is a good move for UM.  It will be run by Dr. Dan Lattimore as a part of MU's continuing education operation. I'll be interested in hearing more about it at TACHE. From The Commercial Appeal.

University of Memphis classes at Lambuth to start in fall semester
The University of Memphis strengthened its bond with Jackson, Tenn., on Friday, announcing it will hold fall semester classes at Lambuth University under what will initially be a $1, one-year lease.

The announcement at a press conference on the Jackson campus followed the state Building Commission's approval earlier in the day of the lease agreement between the two schools.

U of M President Shirley Raines said at the press conference that the announcement culminated a complicated and complex transaction to merge the two campuses.

The new Jackson operation will be called the University of Memphis Lambuth Campus. Classes will begin Aug. 27. The website is memphis.edu/lambuth.

"On June 30, when Lambuth had to cease to exist as an entity, it was a sad day in Jackson," Raines said. "So we're thrilled that so quickly we can have a wonderful day with a wonderful announcement."

Speculation had lingered for some time that the U of M would take over operations at Lambuth. The Jackson-based, private Methodist school, founded in 1843, had shut its doors June 30 because of mounting debt and decreasing enrollment.

Under the lease approved Friday, the U of M will use eight buildings -- approximately 250,000 square feet -- on the 57-acre campus for $1 next year. The initial one-year lease allows time to provide a clear title to the campus in order for the U of M to purchase it.

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