Leading initiatives to define Arkansas State University as a destination university, Dr. Tim Hudson begins his fifth year as the chancellor. Since his appointment in 2012, Arkansas State has launched projects that have transformed the Jonesboro campus.
The completion of more than $175 million in facilities enhancements, ranging from the opening of the first new academic instructional facility in a generation to the expansion of Centennial Bank Stadium, marks Hudson’s first years at A-State. His commitment to enhancing student life on the campus including new living-learning communities, the opening of Sorority Row and the dedication of the indoor Student Activity Center have led to the largest on-campus population in university history and record levels of student life engagement.
His vision for the creation of public-private partnerships to enhance Arkansas State led to plans to establish the first American-style university campus in Mexico, and an agreement to join with New York Institute of Technology to locate a second teaching site of NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in Jonesboro. Preparing the next generation of leaders with a commitment toward a global mindset is a high priority for Hudson; significant growth in the university’s study-abroad opportunities for A-State students is a result.
Hudson has welcomed the most academically prepared freshman class to A-State each of the past three years, with rising first-year freshman ACT and high school GPAs, along with record numbers of students who select the Honors College curriculum. Under his administration, Arkansas State made progress for faculty as well by achieving or surpassing its Southern Regional Educational Board peers in average pay for full, associate and assistant professors by 2014.
His leadership within the Sun Belt Conference was recognized in the spring of 2015 when he was appointed vice president of the Executive Committee at the close of the league’s annual meeting in Montgomery, Ala.
Hudson joined A-State from the Texas Tech University System, where he was a vice chancellor. From 2004 until 2010, he was president of the University of Houston-Victoria following a two-decade tenure as a professor of economic development, program director, founding dean of the College of International and Continuing Education, and provost at the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to working in academia, Hudson served as an analyst for the Bureau of Intelligence and Research in the U.S. Department of State.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history and Latin American studies and a Masters of Arts in geography from Southern Miss. Hudson earned his Ph.D. from Clark University of Worcester, Mass. He has written numerous scholarly works for national and international publications, including a recent co-authored book focusing on multinational corporation subsidiaries in China (Chandos, Cambridge).
Hudson was the recipient of two Fulbright Fellowships (Germany and Mexico) and an ITT International Fellowship to study in Colombia. He has developed and led more than 30 programs for U.S. students to study abroad and was awarded an honorary doctoral degree by London Guildhall University for his contributions to global literacy.
He is married to Dr. Deidra “DeeDee” Ransburgh Hudson, who is the head of A-State’s Office of Study Abroad; she holds a Master of Science degree in speech pathology from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Southern Miss. The Hudsons have three children, Gianna Grace and twins Daisy and Nathaniel.
Appointed on May 1, 2012, by ASU System President Dr. Charles L. Welch, Hudson is the second chancellor in Arkansas State history.