About the President


Dr. Rodney H. Mabry became the third president of The University of Texas at Tyler, appointed by the U.T. System Board of Regents July 1, 1998.

President Mabry’s higher education experience spans more than 39 years. He served as dean of the business college at the University of Tulsa (1994-1998) just prior to taking his UT Tyler post.  He was the department chair and professor of finance at Clemson University (1984-1994) and head of the department of economics and finance at the University of Louisiana-Monroe (1979-1984). He began his career on the economics faculty at Clemson (1973-1979) and, while there, served two years as a field research associate for the Brookings Institution in Washington.

President Mabry, who is also the Dr. Ben R. Fisch Professor of Economics and Finance at UT Tyler, has been active in professional organizations throughout his career. He currently serves as treasurer of the Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors (CPUPC) and is on the board of the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC). As a member of the American Southwest Athletic Conference (ASC), he serves on the ASC’s governing board.

He has also served on the board of directors of the American Association of University Administrators (AAUA) and on several core committees of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), including representing Texas on AASCU’s governmental affairs committee. He was also elected to the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

President Mabry is active in his community. He serves, or has served, on the boards of the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County, United Way of Smith County, Carter Blood Center, All Saints Episcopal School, East Texas Symphony Orchestra and Tyler-Smith County P-16 Council.

President Mabry, a native of Kentucky, earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Kentucky (1969) and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1975). He also received a University Management Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University (1994).

He has published a textbook in economics, completed research grants from agencies (ranging from the U.S. Department of Justice to state legislatures) and has published numerous articles and reports on economic and social issues.

He is married to Merle Mabry. They have two grown children, Brad and Patty, and seven grandchildren.

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