Dr. John M. Rudley is the 11th president of Texas Southern University (TSU), the third largest public Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the nation, which is located in Houston, Texas, the fourth largest metropolitan region in the country. Currently entering its 85th year, Texas Southern was designated as a “special purpose institution of higher education for urban programming” by the Sixty-third Texas Legislature in 1973.
Texas Southern University has more than 9,700 students enrolled in 46 undergraduate, 26 masters, 9 doctoral, and 2 professional degree programs through eleven colleges and schools: the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences, College of Education, College of Science and Technology, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Jesse H. Jones School of Business, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, School of Communication, Thomas F. Freeman Honors College, The Graduate School, and the College of Continuing Education.
Students learn from a diverse faculty and an increasingly diverse student body. In Fall 2010, Texas Southern’s student body was 83% African American, 6% Hispanic, 5% Asian, 3% Anglo, and 3% international.
Of the many Texas Southern University schools and colleges, several have received national recognition for their outstanding performance, including the most diverse law school in the country for the fifth year (U.S. News & World Report), one of the best business schools in the nation (The Best 290 Business Schools: 2008 Edition), and designation by the United States Congress as a National Transportation Security Center of Excellence (NTSCE), one of only six nationwide. Another nationally recognized center, the Center for Bio-nanotechnology and Environmental Research (CBER) was designated a University Research Center (URC). Undergraduate and graduate students, working with top faculty, developed a biological research project that was launched on the STS129 NASA shuttle flight.
Prior to joining Texas Southern University, Dr. Rudley served as interim chancellor of the University of Houston System and interim president of the University of Houston, Texas’ premier public metropolitan research and teaching institution. He also served six years at that institution as vice chancellor/vice president for administration and finance. While at UH, Dr. Rudley spearheaded an extensive and ambitious 10-year facility master plan, which the university continues to follow.
Dr. Rudley has held numerous leadership positions in higher education, including vice chancellor for business and finance at the Tennessee Board of Regents, the sixth largest system of post secondary education in the nation. As vice chancellor, he promoted the effective and efficient financial operation of 46 postsecondary institutions consisting of 6 universities, 14 community colleges and 26 vocational-technology centers that served 185,500 students with a consolidated annual budget of $1.4 billion.
He also served with distinction at the highest level of education in the nation when he served as special assistant to Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education Lamar Alexander in responding to the requirements of the Chief Financial Officer Act of 1990. Recommendations for organizational changes were developed, including the creation of an accounting and financial management services division and the completion of the first auditable financial report (in conjunction with the General Accounting Office) for the U.S. Department of Education, as well as plans for the consolidation of the Budget Formulation, Budget Execution and the Financial Management Services of the Department.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Rudley held administration and finance related positions in both Tennessee and Texas. He acquired his public accounting experience from Coopers and Lybrand in Los Angeles and Seattle.
Dr. Rudley received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Toledo. He received his M.Ed in Administration and Supervision and his Ed.D in Administration from Tennessee State University.
He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State ofTennessee.