University of Memphis provost to be named as president

University of Memphis provost M. David Rudd will be the university’s next president, reports the Commercial Appeal. The decision won’t be official until Thursday.

Tennessee Board of Regents chancellor John Morgan recommended Rudd on Friday over three other finalists, but the regents still need to approve the hire, which they are expected to do May 1. Historically, the TBR has approved the chancellor’s recommendation for president.

Rudd, 53, became provost at the U of M in March 2013, replacing longtime provost Ralph Faudree. Before that, he served as dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Science and scientific director of the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University of Utah.

“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,” chancellor John Morgan said. “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.”

Rudd replaces R. Brad Martin, retired chairman and CEO of retailer Saks Inc., who agreed to serve as interim U of M president without a salary after the June 30, 2013 retirement of Shirley Raines, who served as president for 12 years.