Lambuth University was founded in December 1843 as the Memphis Conference Female Institute. Created by the Memphis Annual Conference of the Methodist Church, under a charter received from the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee authorizing its founding, the school began educating the people of West Tennessee. It will be recognized as one of Americas great metropolitan research universities, noted for its comprehensive, innovative academic programs and for capitalizing on the region and its urban settings in Memphis and Jackson, Tennessee to address the challenges of our global society. The University of Memphis is a learner-centered metropolitan research university providing high quality educational experiences while pursuing new knowledge through research, artistic expression, and interdisciplinary and engaged scholarship. The mission of the University of Memphis at Lambuth is to advance that mission with an emphasis on instruction and service to Jackson, TN, and the West Tennessee region.