Dr. Mark J. Rudin

President & CEO
Texas A&M University-Commerce


Academic Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Medicinal Chemistry,
    Concentration in Health Physics
    Purdue University
  • Master of Science in Health Physics
    Purdue University
  • Bachelor of General Health Science Degree
    Purdue University

Dr. Mark J. Rudin became the 13th President of Texas A&M University-Commerce on August 16, 2018.

Prior to assuming the presidency at A&M-Commerce, Dr. Rudin served as the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Boise State University. Over the course of 11 years there, he played a central role in expanding the research activity at the university. Dr. Rudin’s notable professional accomplishments during his tenure at Boise State include:

  • Expanded total sponsored program funding by 12.6% and total research funding by 10% during FY 07. Major federal funding sources included the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • Served as a key member of the president’s leadership team in developing long-range strategies for the university in its drive to become a metropolitan research university of distinction.
  • Worked directly with members of the Idaho congressional delegation and their staff to secure federal appropriated monies for the university. Federal appropriations received by the university more than doubled from FY07 to FY08.
  • Led the university’s economic development enterprise while working collaborative research opportunities as the principal liaison with state and local government agencies and private sector companies.
  • Initiated a series of roundtable discussions with CEOs of companies in the high-tech Treasure Valley corridor to formalize relationships with the local and regional business community and promote the role of Boise State in the economic development of Idaho.

Prior to his service at Boise State, Dr. Rudin served at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) as the Associate Vice President and then as the Senior Vice President for Research prior to becoming the Interim Vice President for Research and Graduate Dean.

Before coming to UNLV, Dr. Rudin served as a Technical/Administrative Assistant with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Prior to his work with the DOE, Rudin served as a senior Program Specialist/Project Engineer with EG&G Idaho, Inc.

Dr. Rudin’s career began in Idaho where he served as an instructor in the Department of Health Physics at Idaho State University.

Dr. Rudin’s wife, Elizabeth “Libby” (Schreiber) Rudin, is a fellow Purdue University grad and chemist. They are the proud parents of Noah, Mia and Izzy Rudin. The Rudin family also includes faithful canine companion PI. The Rudins live on campus in Heritage House, the historic home of East Texas State University and A&M-Commerce presidents.