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VOL. 129 | NO. 86 | Friday, May 2, 2014

Regents Approve Rudd as University of Memphis President

By Bill Dries

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David Rudd, provost of the University of Memphis, was approved Thursday, May 1, as the next president of the city’s largest higher education institution.

Meeting in a telephone conference call Thursday afternoon, the Tennessee Board of Regents approved Rudd as the university’s president.

Thursday’s vote follows a recommendation from Regents Chancellor John Morgan last week.

Rudd assumes his duties May 16, succeeding Brad Martin, who has been interim president since Shirley Raines retired in July.

Raines hired Rudd as provost in March 2013 from the University of Utah, where he was dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

A University of Memphis search committee named Rudd one of four finalists from among 70 applicants from across the country.

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

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