Accomplishments to Date

A Renaissance of Excellence


Texas Southern University has embarked on a historic transformation to move the institution into the foreground of major urban-serving universities.    This new direction was launched when the TSU Board of Regents hired Dr. John M. Rudley in February 2008. Today, a dramatic renaissance is occurring at the University. The administrative and academic departments are changing, and the outstanding traditions and positive legacies of Texas Southern are being renewed.


Major Milestones Achieved

Administrative Initiatives

Changed the entire senior administrative leadership within all departments, including Provost, VP Finance; VP Operations; VP Student Affairs; VP Advancement; General Counsel; Athletics Director; Human Resources; Chief of Police; Facilities; and Grounds.

Taken off probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the start of the normal 10-year reaffirmation process.

Provided an administrative recovery and action plan to the LBB, Governor and others to receive $13 million in contingency funds appropriated to assist TSU.

Managed a successful Legislative Session in 2009 resulting in additional support for TSU, including legislative support for the operation of parking garages.

Developed a balanced budget for each year (2009-2011) with a growing reserve.

Received clean audits for past three years.

Achieved increases from Moody’s Bond rating for TSU rising three levels

Led the university through Hurricane Ike, and recovery efforts and coordination with FEMA resulting in the reimbursement of $38 million in damage to the campus.

Rehabilitated the University’s facilities.

  • Sterling Student Center

  • Sawyer Auditorium

  • Plaza

  • Landscaping and Grounds improvement


Re-engaging the community and friends of Texas Southern University to get involved with students and programs and take pride in the past and future accomplishments of our students, faculty and programs.

Re-engaging the philanthropic community to invest in the programs and student at Texas Southern, particularly in raising funds for scholarships.

  • Start of the President’s Leadership Scholarship with matching funds—30 raised

  • $1 million pledge from Dr. Kase Lawal, largest alumni gift in TSU history

  • $1.2 million renewal of pledge from Brown Foundation

Launched groundbreaking partnership between Texas Southern University and the Port of Houston Authority to create a new Maritime Transportation Management and Security program at Texas Southern with a commitment of $2 million from the Port of Houston Authority. The first students enrolled in fall 2010.

Instituted an extremely successful Faculty/Staff annual fund campaign in 2010 with 70% participation, including 100% from senior administration, regents, and foundation board members. This is one of the highest percentages of internal support of any university in the country.

Academic Initiatives

Instituted of minimum admission requirements: 2.0 GPA and 16 ACT or 850 SAT.

Expanded Honors Program into the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College

  • 200+ students recruited since 2009 with 3.6 GPA and higher

Created the Student Academic Enhancement Services area to pull together a new student testing, advising, counseling, retention, mentoring model, including the expanded Summer Academy and developmental coursework.

Brought in new deans for College of Science and Technology; College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences; Thurgood Marshall School of Law; Graduate School; Continuing and Distance Education

Undertaking search for deans in Jesse H. Jones School of Business; and Thomas F. Freeman Honors College

Developing the Urban Academic Village concept to re-invigorate the undergraduate student experience, particularly for at-risk freshmen and sophomores.

  • Will involve re-designed residence halls to include faculty and staff counselors/mentors on site 24/7.

  • Will expand student services and activities across campus

Working with area industry to develop programs in high need areas and to ensure that existing programs meet current and future professional workforce needs.

Created a new Center for Online Education and Instructional Technology to provide infrastructure that will manage the growth of online courses.

Launched three (3) online master’s degree opportunities

  • Online Executive MBA, which is the first at any HBCU

  • Online Master’s of Public Administration

  • Online Master’s of Curriculum and Instruction in Bilingual Education

Leading a partnership with Tom Joyner’s new online HBCU program promoting online degrees to compete with University of Phoenix and other for-profit universities.

Expanding health sciences programs and increasing Texas Medical Center partnerships.

Awarded the National Transportation Security Center of Excellence for Petro-Chemical Transportation, one of 16 national Homeland Security Centers of Excellence in the nation.

Awarded NASA University Research Center for Bio-nanotechnology and Environmental Research

Continued support of diversity efforts in the Thurgood Marshall School of Law resulting in the #1 ranking in US News & World Report for law school diversity for the fifth year running.

Launched first Texas Southern payload on Shuttle Mission STS 120 with experiment developed by students in biology program.

Expanded academic programs to highest growth areas of Houston community, partnering with Lone Star College for a Northwest Teaching Center.

Expanding research programs, particularly those focused on critical urban issues, such as transportation, health, urban planning, education.

Moving Texas Southern to take its place as one of the outstanding urban serving universities in the country.

Student Initiatives

Increased student recruiting in Houston, across the state and in targeted areas in the country, including recruiting by the President of top students from Texas, California, Michigan and community colleges in Houston.

  • Expanding these efforts in Louisiana and the Texas Valley.

  • Diversifying student recruitment efforts

Reaching out to Hispanic, Asian American and Anglo students;

Changing the freshman experience with the creation of the Urban Academic Village.

Working toward all freshmen living on campus.

Changed the bookstore provider from Follett to Barnes and Noble (currently one of the most attractive and best performing bookstores in the region).

  • Launched faculty initiative to ensure that students receive books on time. 

Increased student activities, particularly for residential students and those from outside Houston.

Increased Houston awareness and involvement with Homecoming

  • Downtown Parade

  • Outstanding Alumni Awards Event

Provided more funding for the athletic program through student support of a new athletic fee approved by the Legislature.

Negotiated enhanced food services and variety on campus including new vendors in the student center, and expanded food services across the campus (Law School grill, Einstein Bagel) and other upgraded food service operations for students, faculty and staff.

Launched Josh McMackle TIGER project to train and connect 200+ mentors to incoming freshmen and provide a Leadership speakers’ series throughout the year focusing on personal responsibility and leadership for all students.

  • Speakers have included actor Idris Elba, Washington commentator Jeff Johnson, actor Sheryl Lee Ralph, and others.

In August 2010, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Committee on Athletic Certification fully certified the TSU athletics program with no conditions.

Solidified contractual agreement between the Houston Dynamo and TSU for a new 22,000-seat stadium that will be located on Dowling Street and Texas Avenue. The new facility is scheduled to open in the spring of 2012.

Academic Enhancement for Student-Athletes

  • Implementing “GRADES FIRST” an academic tracking system. A pilot program will be run this fall. The program will be completely active for the spring semester 2011. It will track academic progress, study hall and progress reports.

  • Increased the number of laptop and desktop computers that are available to student-athletes in the academic enhancement center in the HPE Arena.

  • One advisor from each school will be selected by the dean to advise all student-athletes in their major.

Reorganized athletics compliance with the hiring of a Senior Associate Athletic Director for Compliance, Director of Compliance and Academic Certifying Officer.

Secured over $500,000 through corporate partnerships for the 2010-2011 year to help support the athletics programs.   All corporate partners from last year renewed for the 2010-2011 year. Obtained three new corporate partners for the 2010-2011 sports year; Silver Eagle Distributors, United States Coast Guard, KTSU-90.0 FM.  

Facilities/Administrative Initiatives

Developing and implementing the infrastructure support needed for a major University.

Developing a facilities plan to create a campus that supports student learning and is a welcome and inviting location for students, alumni, and visitors.

Beginning construction of new $31 million Technology Building

Created singular collaboration with Dynamo Soccer Team to be partner in new $40+ million Soccer stadium to open June 2010

Developing 21st century Library facilities to support our student, faculty, and research needs, with special emphasis on garnering legislative support in 2011 Session.

Developing residential housing plan to support up to 50 percent of students living on campus.

Streamlining and simplifying all student business operations including recruitment, enrollment, financial aid, and bill payment.

  • Centralizing all operations within academic operations

  • Pulling all registration functions to central site to allow one-stop shopping for students

Developed and instituted 105 University Policies and Procedures to ensure best practices in all administrative areas.

Developing and implementing a more effective and efficient information technology system to support student and faculty and the business functions of the university.

Implementing a campus beautification program to provide a more modern, safe and academically conducive environment for students, perspective students and faculty.  

Outreach Initiatives

Hosted MSNBC for national 2-hour program on Obama’s Presidency after one year. Garnered largest African-American audience in MSNBC history, reaching 80 million people worldwide.

Re-engaging alumni to support Texas Southern both financially and actively for student recruitment and mentoring, community programs.

Partnering with TSU National Alumni Association to increase participation and affinity chapters with six new chapters planned for 2011.

Partnering with corporate and community entities for both academic and outreach support.

Reviewed and revised the history of Texas Southern University, reaching back to the origins of Houston Colored Junior College, founded in 1927 by the Houston Independent School District. From that early start the school moved to a four-year college in 1934 named Houston College for Negroes. In 1947 the Texas Legislature voted to establish a law school and a state university for Negroes and chartered the Houston College for Negroes as a state university called Texas State University for Negroes, which changed its name to Texas Southern University in 1951. 

  • Celebrated this more complete history at the first Founders’ Day where Jeff Johnson, Washington commentator, spoke to TSU students about responsibility for leadership and for making a mark with their lives.

  • Thurgood Marshall Law School celebrated the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Sweatt v. Painter with a national symposium on this historic lawsuit that resulted in the formation of Texas Southern University and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.