Office of the President
About Dr. Rodney H. Mabry
Dr. Rodney H. Mabry became the third president of The University of Texas at Tyler, appointed by the U.T. System Board of Regents, on July 1, 1998.
President Mabry has served the field of higher education for 41 years. Prior to taking his post at UT Tyler, he was dean of the business college at the University of Tulsa (1994-1998). 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, D.C.
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 vice chair of the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC) and is a member of the General Academic Institution Formula Advisory Committee for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. He is also on the executive committee for the American Southwest Conference (ASC) and is a former conference president.
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 currently serves on the boards of the Tyler Economic Development Council, Carter BloodCare, Discovery Science Place, Bishop T.K. Gorman Regional Catholic School and the Tyler Area Business Education Council. He is a former board member for the Alzheimer's Alliance of Smith County, United Way of Smith County, 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 economics 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 and his wife Merle have two grown children, Brad and Patty, and seven grandchildren.