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Dr. David Rudd named University of Memphis' new president

(Source: University of Memphis) (Source: University of Memphis)

(WMC) - The University of Memphis Provost Dr. David Rudd was named the new university president by the Tennessee Board of Regents on Thursday.

Dr. Rudd will be the 12th president for University of Memphis. He will start the job in mid-May.

"Our success is linked to the success of our city and that's linked to the success of our students and faculty and that helps move our mission forward," said Dr. Rudd.

Prior to Thursday's announcement, Rudd was the provost and a professor of psychology at U of M. He was announced as provost by then-president Shirley C. Raines, who retired in June 2013.

He says he is committed to growing his university by making it more accessible and affordable for students.

"We are really well positioned for growth in terms of student population. We've got a number of initiatives in place to increase retention and graduation rates," added Rudd.

After a dip in enrollment last fall, university leaders think lowering tuition will bring in more students.

The current proposal will make school $8,000 cheaper for students living within 250 miles of the city. Students outside the 250-mile radius could still see a $3,000 tuition cut.

Keeping tuition down is something Dr. Rudd believes is crucial.

"It's related to why we're losing students in terms of retention and transfer. It's why graduation numbers are down," he said.

Before coming to University of Memphis, Dr. Rudd served as a dean at University of Utah. He also worked at Texas Tech and Baylor.

As provost, he spearheaded efforts to increase student recruitment, retention, and degree completion. Now, as president, he is looking forward to even more expansion.

Dr. Rudd will officially take office as the new president on May 16.

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