Rudley Named Chair of SWAC Council

TSU President named Chair of the SWAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors

IMMEDIATE RELEASE            June 4, 2013  

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NEW ORLEANS – Texas Southern University President Dr. John M. Rudley has been named Chair of the Southwestern Athletic Conference Council of Presidents and Chancellors for 2013-2015.

As the new Chair of the Southwestern Athletic Conference Council (SWAC) of Presidents and Chancellors, President Rudley has shared his vision for the conference during his term. Branding of the SWAC and assuring that student athletes graduate on time head the top of his list of priorities.

"We must do a better job of telling the many stories of our successes," Rudley says. "Our student athletes have made significant accomplishments both on the fields of play and in the classrooms and have achieved in various arena's post graduation including: entrepreneurship, the music and entertainment industry, research, science and technology, politics, and from classrooms to boardrooms. Highlighting these accomplishments will serve to further the mission of each individual institution."

In addition to his appointment as Chair, Dr. Rudley is leading the NCAA's Advisory Group that is assisting with academic challenges that impact Limited Resource Institutions (LRI). The formation of this advisory group represents a collaborative and proactive effort between HBCU institutions and the NCAA to serve as a conduit to communicate issues and concerns that may impact LRIs collectively within the Academic Performance Program (APP).

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. He also served six years at that institution as vice chancellor/vice president for administration and finance.