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VOL. 7 | NO. 18 | Saturday, April 26, 2014

Rudd Recommended As New U of M President

By Bill Dries

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David Rudd, currently the provost of the University of Memphis, is being recommended by Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan to be the next president of the city’s largest institution of higher education.

Morgan announced his recommendation of Rudd Friday, April 25. The recommendation goes to the Tennessee Board of Regents for a decision at its May 1 meeting via telephone conference call.

“He has worked closely with the interim president over the past year,” Morgan said in a written statement. “And the work they’ve done in a short period of time has been notable. I expect Dr. Rudd will maintain that momentum.”

Rudd, if approved by the board, would succeed interim president Brad Martin, who has served since last year’s retirement of president Shirley Raines.

Rudd was hired by Raines in March 2013 from being dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Utah.

A search committee named Rudd a finalist along with three other contenders from 70 applicants from across the country.

Since the public interview process with the finalists, Guy Bailey, former president of the University of Alabama, and Sharon Gaber, University of Arkansas provost, have withdrawn their names from consideration, leaving College of Charleston (S.C.) provost George W. Hynd, as the other finalist.

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