HOUSTON, TX – Texas Southern University Board of Regents has named Austin A. Lane, who will served as the next university president.
Lane served as vice-chancellor at Lone Star College with experience driving up enrollment. He currently helps run a college system with seven campuses, served as president of Lane Star’s Montgomery campus for six years, from 2009 to 2016. Full-time enrollment at the school grew by 20 percent during that time to just more than 12,000 students.
The number of degrees awarded at the campus nearly doubled during his tenure, from 538 in 2009 to 1,016 in 2015, according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Lane will succeed President John Rudley, who has led the school since 2008 and plans to step down in August.
During his tenure, Dr. Rudley has raised admissions standards, found ways to fund construction including a new dorm despite cuts in state funding, and pushed for other university improvements. Despite those successes, Rudley has butted heads with regents in recent months and the faculty senate passed a vote of no confidence in him.
According to source, despite the tension with regents and faculty, the university presented Rudley with a medal honor at the TSU graduation ceremony on Saturday.