TYLER – The University of Texas at Tyler announced the appointment of Dr. Rodney Ellis as director of the UT Tyler Longview University Center.
For 28 years, Ellis has worked in higher education in the states of Georgia and Louisiana. Most recently, he served for nearly nine years as professor of education and chancellor on the Shreveport, Louisiana, campus for the only historically black college and university system in the world and chancellor of the technical and community college with the largest geographic service area in Louisiana.
“Dr. Rodney Ellis brings extensive knowledge and experience in higher education leadership and community engagement to his role as director and is devoted to working closely with faculty, staff, students and the community to expand the resource opportunities the Longview University Center offers to the greater Longview community,’’ said UT Tyler President Kirk A. Calhoun, MD, FACP.
Ellis was chancellor of Southern University at Shreveport, chancellor of Central Louisiana Technical and Community College and provost/executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Atlanta Technical College. In those roles, he led all operations including academic affairs, workforce development, institutional effectiveness and research, student affairs, financial and facility services, institutional advancement and community partnership development.
Over his career, he has secured nearly $50 million in federal grant funding and nearly $20 million in private sector/nonstate funding and resources to support programs and services. Ellis was appointed to the White House Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities in 2018 and as civilian aide to the secretary of the army for North Louisiana in 2019.
Ellis earned a Doctor of Education in higher education administration from the University of Georgia, Master of Science in judicial/legal administration from Auburn University at Montgomery and Bachelor of Arts in political science from The University of Alabama. He is also a certified economic developer trainer by the Technical College System of Georgia and certified nonprofit manager by The Advancement Executive Network and the Technical College System of Georgia.
The Longview University Center offers the entire Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum, allowing Longview-area students to experience reduced travel expenses and greater flexibility in class scheduling while earning their UT Tyler degree. Longview University Center also works in partnership with Kilgore College to provide seamless pathways for students with dual credit and associate degrees to earn UT Tyler baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate degrees. For more information, visit uttyler.edu/luc.
With a mission to improve educational and healthcare outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT Tyler offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs to 10,000 students. UT Tyler recently merged with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (now known as UT Tyler Health Science Center). Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center (HSC) and UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education, cutting-edge research and excellent patient care. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research institution and by U.S. News & World Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.