Shirley Raines of Oak Ridge has an amazing and inspiring story to tell.
Now president emeritus of the University of Memphis, she will describe her career and provide advice on leadership at the third in a series of Roane State Community Collegeâ€“Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Education Intergenerational Lectures.
Her talk begins at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in the large lecture hall (Room 107) in the Goff Health Sciences and Technology Building on Roane Stateâ€™s Oak Ridge campus at 701 Briarcliff Avenue. Raines will speak on â€œHow a Kindergarten Teacher Became a University President.â€
Born in Jackson in West Tennessee, she grew up on a cotton farm outside Bells, where she picked cotton by hand for the family business. She recalled that her mother was very smart and could have been a teacher or lawyer but lacked the opportunity to get a higher education. [Read more…]