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Dr. Austin Lane Named Sole Finalist for 12th Presidential of Texas Southern University

Dr. Austin A. Lane has been named the sole finalist to become the 12th president of Texas Southern University (TSU) by its Board of Regents. Lane plans to assume leadership of Texas Southern on or about June 7, 2016, after a Board vote. He replaces Dr. John M. Rudley, who has served as president since 2008.

Derrick Mitchell, chair of Texas Southern’s Board of Regents, said that Lane “embodies the skills necessary to position the University as a destination institution for those seeking an innovative learning process through a stellar curriculum.”

 “The Board of Regents engaged in a dedicated and thorough search of outstanding candidates and Dr. Lane was clearly the right man at the perfect time in Texas Southern’s existence,” Mitchell said. “We look forward to receiving the benefit of his strong and progressive leadership to move TSU to the next level in higher education.”

Dr. Lane said, “I want to extend thanks to Regent Mitchell and the entire board for giving me the opportunity to serve Texas Southern University.  I believe that we are positioned to take TSU to new heights.”

Dr. Lane said recruitment and enrollment are among his top priorities.  He shared a 30-, 60- and 90-day plan with the board that addressed a detailed enrollment strategy.   Dr. Lane also celebrated his 45th birthday on the day he was named to the top job at Texas Southern University.  [more]