M. David Rudd Nominated To Be Next U of M President

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(Memphis) M. David Rudd has been recommended as the next president to lead the University of Memphis pending approval by the Tennessee Board of Regents on Thursday, May 1.

TBR Chancellor John Morgan recommended Rudd to replace Interim President Brad Martin, who accepted a one-year interim appointment after former President Shirley Raines announced her retirement.

Rudd is currently the provost and Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at the University of Memphis, joining the campus in March 2013.

“Dr. Rudd is committed to the university and has a strong vision for its future that is supported by the community and business leaders in the region,” said Morgan. “He has worked closely with the interim president over the past year, and the work they’ve done in a short period of time has been notable. I expect Dr. Rudd will maintain that momentum.

As the provost, Rudd serves on the university’s leadership team as the chief academic officer and has been involved in all aspects of university operations, including business and finance, community relations, research, athletics and development. He has spearheaded an effort to increase student recruitment, retention and degree completion, which has already shown substantial results.