The University of Memphis, also called The U of M, is an American public research university located in the Normal Station neighborhood of Memphis, Tennessee. Founded in 1912, the University has an enrollment of more than 21,000 students. The school has twenty-five Chairs of Excellence and five state-approved Centers of Excellence. Until 2017, the school was the flagship institution of The Tennessee Board of Regents system. In 2017, the six Universities that were part of the Tennessee Board of Regents system, including the University of Memphis, became locally governed, each with its own board.