Rudy B. McCormick III

Director, Early Academic Outreach
Executive Director, Arizona MESA

University Services Building, Room 501


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Rudy is a local Tucsonan and a proud graduate of the Sunnyside Unified School District.  As a first-generation college student, Rudy was not aware of the college process and he and his family had big questions about how to pay for college.  He was fortunate to have an inspirational math teacher, a caring school counselor, and a University of Arizona student recruiter to help him define his path to a University education. Rudy graduated from the University of Arizona with bachelor of science degrees, in both Psychology and Family Studies, and a master's degree in Higher Education.  His first seven years of professional experience were spent working with the University of Arizona's New Start Summer Program, a six-week summer bridge program for underrepresented students.  In 2005, Rudy began working in the Office of Early Academic Outreach to increase the number of low-income, underrepresented, and first-generation college-bound students who aspire toward and are eligible to enroll in a university degree program.  In 2009, Rudy became director of Early Academic Outreach.  Rudy values his staff and the educational partnerships that allow Early Academic Outreach to impact college-bound youth. "With great power... comes great responsibility."


  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science, Family Studies
  • Master of Arts, Higher Education