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BIRMINGHAM  - 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.

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 with a student enrollment of more than 9,700. The University is located in Houston, Texas, the fourth largest metropolitan region in the country.John RudleyRudley
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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, 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.


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