Former Texas Southern University President Dr. John Rudley recently took to social media to air out his grievances and problems he says he faced leading the HBCU. His “Twitter rant,” ruffled more than a few feathers.
Rudley, who served as TSU president from 2008 – 2016, refers to his term as “tumultuous,” and detailed some of his experiences in a series of Tweets. Beginning with his very first tweet on Sept. 27, introducing himself, he dove right into what he was feeling.
“Being the President of an #HBCU is one of the most stressful jobs in America. We have to nurture and protect these leaders,” he wrote.
Rudley complained that running a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) was extremely problematic and listed issues he said he faced and solved.
Rudley also announced that he would be revealing more details in a soon-to-be-released book, free from censorship.
Students took issue during Rudley’s tenure because he got rid of the school’s “open enrollment policy,” which did not require students to pass the ACT or SAT tests. The open policy provided many disadvantaged students the opportunity to seek a college degree, but critics say it undermined the school’s credibility and reputation, and added to the overall dropout rate.
Other complaints with the policy was that it opened the door for “financial aid bandits,” who used the lenient policy as a way to receive thousands of dollars in grants and student loans, then leave the university with no intention of returning. One of Rudley’s missions was to increase the graduation rate, and give the students more opportunities in the workforce. Students were also concerned about campus safety issues, outdated housing, morale and social activities, among other things and wanted change, but Rudley took it personal, even insinuating that professors at the university were teaching students to attack him on social media.