UofM President M. David Rudd stepping down in 2022

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — M. David Rudd, President of the University of Memphis, will leave his position in May 2022, the college announced today.

He will transition to a faculty position in 2023 to continue research, according to a release from the UofM.

Rudd will take a year sabbatical abroad.

Rudd is the university’s 12th President.

“We are deeply grateful for the tireless service and dedicated leadership President Rudd has given to the University of Memphis, the City of Memphis, the UofM Lambuth campus, and all of West Tennessee,” said Doug Edwards, chair of the University of Memphis Board of Trustees. “His innovative efforts have advanced the University educationally and financially, positioning the UofM to compete at the highest levels nationally. The UofM will continue its commitment to research and attaining Carnegie 1 status; development of a diverse and inclusive campus community within faculty, staff, and student populations; a comprehensive, successful athletic program; and fiscal responsibility.”

The Board of Trustees will have a meeting to discuss the presidential search process which may include the search committee composition and the use of an executive search firm.

Additional information on the meeting can be found at https://www.memphis.edu/bot/meetings/.

A new President will be named before May 2022; therefore no interim will be appointed, according to the release.

Rudd became President of the UofM in May 2014.

He came to the UofM the previous year and held the position of Provost. As a Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, he also continues funded research and maintains his affiliation with the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University of Utah as co-founder and scientific director.

Rudd has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton and a master’s and PhD degrees in psychology from the University of Texas., the release said.