"I have no doubt that he will, and the team will, succeed in the resurrection of Texas Southern as the finest institution in the state of Texas."
Rudley said he was overwhelmed by all the attention he's received. Despite ending open enrollment, he said that freshman applications was up 10-percent, and that they were in the top 25-percent of their class, or with a 2.0 GPA. Rudley said he couldn't do it alone.
"We need you, parents, students and community stakeholders, to raise the bar of expectation and to support our efforts to reposition Texas Southern University to prepare for the future, while never forgetting where we came from."
Outside, lawmakers like state representative Garnett Coleman and Concresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee praised the new TSU president.
Jackson-Lee : "This is a day of expression to the community that we are an asset, not only to Houston, but to Texas and the nation."
Coleman: "John Rudley has the experience to handle both the internal fiscal issues and make it run right, as well as the academic issues. I think it's a great day for the university."
Pat Hernandez, KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.