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Sallie V. Sheppard '65

Sallie Sheppard reflects on the visionary leadership of General Rudder and his major contributions to inclusion. (Transcript)

I think that here General Rudder, who was president at the time, when A&M's inclusion began, had a true vision. And I think that he had the strength of leadership then to carry it out. Despite some people not thinking that was the best idea at the time. But he saw, I think, A&M at a crossroads. It was the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. And he saw that A&M had that kernel that could be developed into a world-class institution. And he said if we want to do that, we have to make some changes, and that is when he began to then push towards inclusion of women, inclusion of other races. And just look what happened — A&M has opened up and become the world-class institution it is today. It would not have happened without that kind of inclusion.

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