Inauguration of the 21st President of Rhodes College

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Rhodes Celebrates the inauguration of President Jennifer Collins

Rhodes will celebrate the inauguration of the 21st president of Rhodes College on October 21, 2023, at 9:30 a.m. in the Bryan Campus Life Center with a brunch reception to follow. Check back often for updates to the schedule of events.


President Jennifer Collins

Jennifer M. Collins was named the 21st president of Rhodes College on Dec. 6, 2021, following a unanimous vote by the Board of Trustees. An inspiring leader, beloved educator, and committed proponent of the value of the liberal arts, she had served since 2014 as the Judge James Noel Dean and professor of law at Southern Methodist University. Read more ...

Rhodes College - a place like no other - celebrating 175 years.

The inauguration of President Collins will be the highlight of a fall filled with events celebrating the 175th anniversary of the college's founding. For a full list of events, visit Rhodes Celebrates 175 Years. Please check back often for updates!

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Schedule of Events

Friday, October 20, 2023

Featuring Memphis-Inspired Dishes   
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   
Catherine Burrow Refectory

Featuring Rhodes Faculty   
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.   
Reception immediately following      
Blount Auditorium, Buckman Hall

  • Lit Matters   
    Marshall Boswell, Professor of English 
  • Study Abroad: It’s Not Just for Students   
    Cara Djonko-Moore, Associate Professor of Educational Studies   
  • Collaborating with Plants, AI, and Machines to Make Art   
    Karl Erickson, Assistant Professor of Art 
  • Breaking Barriers: A Journey into Novel Antibiotic Development   
    Elaine Frawley, Associate Professor of Biology and     
    Larryn Peterson, Associate Professor of Chemistry 
  • Research, Action, and Rhodes:     
    Liberal Arts on the Streets of Memphis   
    Peter Hossler, Associate Professor of Urban Studies 
  • The Impact of Emotional Labor on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Professionals, and What Organizations Can Do About It   
    Kelly Pledger Weeks ’92, P’27, Associate Professor of Business

Saturday, October 21, 2023

9:30 a.m.
Bryan Campus Life Center
Check-in for delegates and program participants begins at 8:30 a.m.

Immediately Following the Ceremony
Crain Reception Hall and McCallum Ballroom
Second Floor, Bryan Campus Life Center

McCallum Ballroom
Bryan Campus Life Center
7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

In recognition of Rhodes 175th anniversary and to welcome President Collins, the Hernando de Soto Bridge will be lit Red for Rhodes!