President Rudley to Deliver Keynote on “Courageous

Leadership” at HBCU Exchange

rudlyTexas Southern University President Dr. John Rudley is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the closing session of a three-day leadership event of collegiate presidents and top administrators in Atlanta, GA. The conference will be held on September 9-11 and is sponsored by TIAA-CREF. Dr. Rudley will speak on September 11.

His presentation, Courageous Leadership: The Role of Vision and Values in Making a Case for Change at your Institution will focus on challenges, achievements, change and innovation for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Dr. Rudley will share his path in leading Texas Southern University into a new level of academic, athletic and enrollment growth. Rudley has been deemed a “change agent” by higher education executives for shifting TSU into an era of unprecedented growth in all areas of its operations. 

During Dr. Rudley’s tenure, TSU has expanded its academic options by adding several unique degree programs, including Maritime Transportation, Aviation Management, Sport Management, Music and Entertainment Management, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Urban Planning. Athletics has experienced enormous success with conference championships in women’s and men’s basketball, volleyball, softball, baseball and men’s track and field. The success culminated with Texas Southern student athletes having graduated over 200 student-athletes over the last 4 years resulting with APR scores higher than the NCAA requirement.

Dr. Rudley has been traveling on a Presidential Bus Tour with TSU academic deans and administrators, increasing enrollment for the last two years. Rudley has been committed to attracting more high-achieving students from across the state and region, sharing Texas Southern’s story and what the university has to offer. Each visit culminated in the awarding of academic scholarships to students at every school on the Tour.

“Our leadership must be traditional, but also millennial in scope,” Dr. Rudley says. “We can never forget our past, but must push ourselves to be prepared for an ever-changing future.”

Texas Southern University, founded in 1927 and located in the heart of the nation’s fourth largest city, is a comprehensive metropolitan university building on its legacy as a historically Black institution. TSU provides academic and research programs that address critical urban issues and prepare an ethnically diverse student population to become a force for positive change in a global society. Texas Southern University has been recognized across its 88-year history for the excellence of its programs, the quality of its instruction, innovative research, and a desire to be a contributing partner to the community, state, nation and the world.

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