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Howard F. Rudd Jr., Ph.D.

Dean Emeritus, School of Business; Professor Emeritus of Management

RuddHoward F. Rudd Jr. received his Ph.D. in management from Texas Tech University and MBA as well as a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Syracuse University. He was previously the Small Business Institute director and chairman of the Department of Management at California State College, Bakersfield and a captain in the USAF. He served his country during the Vietnam era, and his military recognition includes the USAF Commendation Medal for his work in hospital construction.

Author of numerous articles, cases, monographs and research studies, Rudd is also past president of the Region IX Small Business INstitute Directors Association, past president of the Southern Business Deans Association, and board member and past general chairman of the S.C. International Trade COnfereence. Rudd was the developer or co-developer of numerous academic-business partnerships and programs, including initiatives such as the S.C. Economic Developers School and the School of Business' Paul T. Nelson Intermodal Transportation Program (now the undergraduate Logistics and Supply Chain Management Program), carious majors, minors, and interdisciplinary programs and courses, two Centers of Excellence and numerous grants.

As the founding dean of the School of Business, he led the School through its first AACSB accreditation in 1988 and its reaffirmation in 1994. As dean, Rudd was a servant leader who advanced other business schools and programs as an AACSB team member.

Rudd continuously encouraged close ties with the business community and helped to develop four school advisory boards. With friends and supporters, he led fundraising that generated over $5 million in three years before and during the College's first capital campaign. Rudd also chaired or was a member of numerous college and community committees.

His wife, Vicki, was a steadfast supporter of his pioneering efforts to establish the first school at the College of Charleston. She was also present at fundraising events and special occasions to advance philanthropy for the business school. Together, the Rudds raised two daughters, Butterfly and Nathalie. Butterfly and her husband, Jason, have two sons, Hunter and Harrison, who keep their grandparents very busy.

As an entrepreneurial teacher-scholar in management for 40 years, Rudd earned the California State College's first Alumni Professor of the Year Award; the Small Business INstitute Director's Association's Fellow Award; and the S.C. Order of the Palmetto, which was given for numerous economic development initiatives and service during his tenure as dean. Former College of Charleston President, Alex Sanders honored him as the College's first dean emeritus.

Two College awards are given annually in Rudd's name. The School of Business and Office of Alumni Relations select one accomplished business alumnus for the Howard F. Rudd Jr. Businessperson of the Year Award.

In 2013, the Howard F. Rudd Jr. Distinguished Faculty Award for Service Leadership was established by Justin McLain '98 and Anita Zucker to honor Rudd's legacy at the College of Charleston. The endowed award recognizes one outstanding, high-performing professor who leads in Rudd's spirit and example to advance the mission and global vision of the School of Business.