Dr. Tim Hudson, Hattiesburg Provost and Vice President for Academic
Affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been named
the finalist for the position of president at the University of Houston
-Victoria, officials from both schools announced today.
very excited about this opportunity for my family and for me,"
Hudson, 50, said. "I am humbled to be selected to serve in
this capacity, and I am honored by the confidence being placed in
me by the UH board of regents, the chancellor, the community and
everyone at the University of Houston -Victoria."
Southern Miss President Dr. Shelby Thames said, reflects Hudson's
sterling credentials and capable leadership while further illustrating
Southern Miss' growing national stature.
is great news both for Dr. Hudson and for The University of Southern
Mississippi. Having one of our own administrators considered and
selected for such a prestigious position reinforces our belief that
Southern Miss is a world-class university," Thames said.
our reputation for nurturing and producing top-notch talent is starting
to make itself known. The word about Southern Miss is getting out.
It is my belief that Dr. Hudson will make a supremely capable president,
and I extend the best of wishes from myself and the entire Southern
he will appoint an interim provost before beginning a national search
to replace Hudson.
to his role as provost, which he assumed in 2002, Hudson served
as a faculty member and administrator at Southern Miss for more
than two decades. During his lengthy association with his alma mater,
he served as the founding dean of the Center for International and
Continuing Education and as a professor of economic development.
As provost for both the Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast campuses, Hudson
acted as the chief academic officer and the senior university officer
next to Thames.
excited that Dr. Hudson accepted our offer," said University
of Houston System Chancellor and UH President Jay Gogue. "He
brings an impressive experience in higher education and a strong
commitment to developing effective community partnerships that will
benefit the university and the Victoria area."
is enthusiastic about becoming UHV's new president, he said the
news is "somewhat bittersweet."
of Southern Mississippi is my alma mater. It is the place I have
worked for more than two decades; it is the place where my wife
and daughters studied; it is the community of friends that has sustained
me and worked alongside me to develop unique opportunities for our
students; and it is the place where I have been mentored so well
by so many who care so deeply," Hudson said.
is our home. We will leave behind an eclectic and wonderful group
of friends and family members - including our two oldest daughters,
two sons-in-law, and our first grandson. So we'll be back."
Hudson is married
to Dr. Deidra Ransburgh Hudson, a speech-language pathologist originally
from Huntsville, Ala., who holds a Ph. D. in higher education administration
from Southern Miss. He is the father of five children, including
one currently enrolled at Southern Miss and another who graduated
and is currently employed by Southern Miss, a six-year-old daughter
and three-year-old twins. He is a lifetime member of the Southern
Miss Alumni Association and a Rotarian.
Hudson, a native
of Purvis, graduated summa cum laude from Southern Miss in 1975
and received his M.A. in 1977. He earned his Ph.D. in geography
from Clark University in Worcester, Mass.
A fellow for
the Royal Geographical Society as well as the City of London Polytechnic,
he holds the 2002 International Association of Continuing Higher
Education Distinguished Credit Programming Award, a Distinguished
Teaching Achievement Award from the National Council for Geographic
Education and a certificate of excellence from the U.S. Department
for a new UHV president began in February 2004, with a committee
composed of internal UHV constituents and members of the community.
Texas law requires the board of regents to give the public at least
21 days' notice prior to a meeting at which final action is taken
on the employment of the final candidate. Hudson starts his new
position at UHV on Sept. 1.
At UHV, Hudson
will preside over a 115-member faculty and a 155-member staff. The
university has an enrollment of about 2,500, with an alumni base
of 6,500. UHV has an operating budget of $24 million.
in 1973 and located in the Coastal Bend portion of Texas, UHV serves
a 16-county region southwest of Houston. UHV offers bachelor's and
master's degree programs in the arts and sciences, business administration,
as an intelligence analyst at the U.S. Department of State in Washington,
D.C., Hudson returned to Southern Miss in 1985 to oversee the development
of Southern Miss' now vast and nationally ranked international programs.
He has implemented
more than 40 study-abroad programs worldwide. Among these are the
British Studies Program, the largest credit abroad program operated
by any U.S. university in London; the Abbey Program in Pontlevoy,
France, where Southern Miss received the most generous renovation
subvention ever granted by France to a non-French entity; thriving
Spanish-language programs in Mexico and Spain; the pioneering Cuban
Studies Program and the award-winning Vietnam Studies Program.
Dr. Joe Paul,
vice president for student affairs at Southern Miss, praised Hudson's
reputation as an innovator in international higher education.
is great news for Tim. I am particularly proud that a former classmate
of mine is ascending to a college presidency. Because he is a Southern
Miss alumnus, I think we can all take pride in that as well,"
direction Southern Miss has emerged as Mississippi's leader in Web-based
learning and has established numerous lifelong learning initiatives.
Its highly touted Institute for Learning in Retirement program,
a self-guided group of 400 retirement age "students,"
plays a key role in making Mississippi an attractive retirement
Hudson won IHL approval to offer a new doctorate in international
development to complement the college's top-ranked master's degree
program in economic development. Aimed at mid-career professionals,
the new Ph.D. program has soared to more than 35 students in just
three years while research dollars associated with the economic
development enterprise at Southern Miss have more than tripled.
of these programs along with profitable study-abroad and continuing
education initiatives led to the approval of a new $8 million complex
for the college, which will be funded equally by the state and revenues
produced by CICE.
of an ITT International Fellowship to study in Colombia and two
Fulbright Scholarships to study in Germany and Mexico, Hudson was
awarded an honorary doctorate by London Guildhall University in
1996 for his lifelong contributions to international education,
global understanding and economic development. His other honors
include the National Council for Geographic Education's Distinguished
Teacher Award, the Public-Private Initiative Award from Loire-et-Cher
(France), and the Friend of Jamaica Medallion.
In 2001, Hudson
was invited to serve as the sole U.S. representative on the European
Commission's Spain-based "Millennium Committee," which
was charged with producing a strategic plan for European higher
education for the decade ahead. Hudson wrote--in Spanish--large
sections of the committee's final report, including chapters on
community-university relations and the utilization of higher education
as a platform for economic development.
his tenure as dean, Hudson maintained an active research agenda
and authored or co-authored numerous articles and monographs. He
has also taught in Southern Miss' undergraduate Honors College and
at Southern Miss Gulf Park.