David L. Beckley is the longest tenured senior college president in Mississippi, assuming the presidency of Rust College in Holly Springs in 1993. He is the school's 11th president and a 1967 graduate of Rust.

Celebrating the past while forging a future

Rust College President on what makes the school thrive


    On behalf of the entire Rust College family, we are pleased to be named the HBCU of the Week by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
    As we move forward with our 2015-2016 academic year, our 149th, celebrating our past while forging our future, we look forward to meeting the needs of our students, faculty and staff as well as our community. The future reflects an institution of teaching and learning, internal and external to the classroom. Through comprehensive planning and a culture that embraces change we will continue to strive for excellence.
    Rust values a student centered learning environment which is exemplified in small classes, learning formats that fit the needs of a diverse learning population, and a high level of faculty interaction. Our students have the opportunity to succeed here at Rust in an environment that nurtures academic and personal development.
    As an institution of higher education, Rust College is committed to the discovery and transferring of knowledge, yet reflecting its Methodist heritage. Rust also seeks to integrate excellence and religious commitment, to both inform and form its students.
    As we continue on this journey, Rust College will educate a new generation of leaders, men and women who will be capable of shaping the future with vision, justice, and integrity. We continue to create and sustain intellectually challenging programs of academic studies and advance our commitment to provide a vibrant, diverse, and supportive campus environment.
    Rust College will thrive in the years ahead, and our distinctive character and vision will continue to improve our world for many generations to come. Make sure to visit our website and social media so that you will be among the first to know what is happening here at Rust College.

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