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Dr. John Rudley named sole finalist for President

Dr. John Rudley

The Texas Southern University (TSU) Board of Regents has named Dr. John Rudley, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance for the University of Houston System and Vice President for Administration and Finance for the University of Houston, as their choice for the eleventh President of the one of the nation’s largest historically Black institutions.

We have made it clear that the next President of Texas Southern University must be an exceptional individual who has demonstrated competence, leadership and integrity. We are excited to announce that we have found that person,� said TSU Board Chair Glenn Lewis. Dr. John Rudley’s higher education experience and demonstrated financial management success are exactly what this University needs.

“It is a singular honor to be selected as the next President of Texas Southern University, and it is one that I do not take lightly”, Rudley said in a statement. “I thank the Board for their acknowledgment of my past higher education successes and confidence in my abilities to lead TSU into a promising future.”

The nine-member Board member voted unanimously to select Rudley as the sole finalist for the position during their January 11 meeting, following interviews of the two leading candidates submitted by the Presidential Search Committee.

Rudley has extensive higher education experience. From June 2007 to January 2008, he served in the interim dual position of UH System chancellor and UH president. He also previously served as Vice President for Business and Finance at the Tennessee Board of Regents, the sixth largest system of postsecondary education in the nation, and as a senior technical advisor with the U.S. Department of Education. Rudley began his higher education career at Texas Southern University, serving as an Internal Auditor before becoming the Vice President of Fiscal Affairs in 1984.

“Texas Southern University will soon have an accomplished higher education leader and visionary at the helm. Dr. Rudley’s exemplary credentials will serve Texas Southern University well as we move forward toward what we are convinced will be a bright future,” Lewis said.

Lewis also acknowledged TSU Interim President J. Timothy Boddie, who stepped in to run the University in November 2006. “We truly appreciate the strong leadership provided by Interim President Boddie during one of the University’s most difficult periods.”

Academic Search, Inc., a national firm, began the University’s search for a new president last year and assisted a Presidential Search Committee comprised of TSU students, faculty, alumni, Regents and community members. In announcing the decision, Lewis also commended the work of the committee and their selection of Rudley and other candidate Anthony Hall, the city of Houston’s chief administrative officer.

“We were presented with two imminently qualified, outstanding candidates for the position,” Lewis said. “Under the leadership of distinguished alumnus Gerald Smith, the search committee demonstrated their commitment to the future success of this University by working long and hard to identify the strongest candidates. For that, we are infinitely grateful.”

Texas law requires that the Board of Regents allow a minimum of 21 days prior to confirming the appointment. The Board’s next regularly scheduled meeting is February 8.

“This is a critical time for the University, as its success is vital to our city and state. I am deeply grateful for the trust placed in me and I will do my absolute best to honor that trust,” Rudley stated.”I pledge to the students, faculty, staff and alumni that I will work proficiently and tirelessly to advance the important mission of Texas Southern University.”

About Texas Southern University

Texas Southern University is one of the nation’s largest historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with over 9,500 students. TSU provides a quality educational experience, offering over 120 baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degree programs in nine schools and colleges. The University focuses on high quality teaching, research and public service as a means of preparing students of diverse backgrounds, cultures and levels of scholastic achievement for leadership roles in the urban communities of our state, nation and world.