Dr. Rudolph E. Waters Sr., interim president (1994-1995) at Alcorn State University, died Sept. 14 at River Region Health Systems in Vicksburg at the age of 82 after an extended illness. Waters served Alcorn for more than 48 years. He joined the administration in September 1957 as the dean of students, and he held numerous positions such as dean of instruction, coordinator of Title III Programs, vice president and executive vice president. In 1964, he was a participant in the Institute for Academic Deans at Harvard University.
Waters’ whole life centered on education, service and leadership development. Even after retirement, he continued to be of service to the university as an executive vice president emeritus and as a member of the ASU Foundation Inc. board of directors.
A native of Brookhaven, Waters earned a B.S.C. degree from DePaul University in Chicago, his Ed.M. degree from Boston University and a Ph.D. from Kansas State University. He also studied at Southern Illinois University.