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Dr. Robert W. Hudson to Give May 14 Houston Commencement Address


LeTourneau University Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Robert W. Hudson will give the keynote address at LETU's Houston commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 14 at Houston First Baptist Church, 7401 Katy Freeway, Houston Texas. The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. for nearly 100 graduates from the Houston and Austin Education Centers.

Hudson is entering his 18th year of service at LETU, serving as vice president for the School of Graduate and Professional Studies for the first 11 years and as the university's chief academic officer since 2005.

The son of Nazarene missionaries, Hudson spent his formative years from age 6 to 18 with his family in Guatemala, Central America. He and his wife served as missionaries for two years in San Jose, Costa Rica at El Seminario Nazareno Centroamericano as faculty and administrators and have both traveled extensively in Central America and Europe.

He earned an Ed.D. in Educational Administration, Higher Education from the University of Houston, a Master's of Arts in Latin American Area Studies from the American University, Washington, D.C; and his bachelor's degree in Spanish from Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, Okla.

With his background and extensive global experience and coinciding with the recent launching of LETU's new vision for graduates to claim "Every Workplace, Every Nation" for Christ, Hudson will soon be assuming a new leadership role as vice president for Global Initiatives to bring both an understanding and passion to this major strategic initiative.

Prior to serving at LETU, Hudson served in key leadership positions in higher education administration at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Trevecca Nazarene College, Nashville, Tenn.; the University of Houston, Houston, Texas; and El Seminario Nazareno Centroamericano, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Hudson is both a student and mentor in the area of leadership. He has served on numerous boards and advisory committees including membership on the Distance Education Advisory Committee for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; peer evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges; founding member of the Alliance for International Christian Business Education, and chair for the Consortium for the Advancement of Adult Higher Education. He has been active as a consultant and conference presenter in professional associations to strengthen quality and diversity of academic programs in higher education.

Hudson and his wife, Betty, have two grown sons, Robert Wayne Hudson, Jr. and wife Kristen, and Bentley James Hudson and wife Lisette, and are the grandparents to several beloved grandchildren, all residing in Dallas, Texas.

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