Joseph Rallo

Louisiana Board of Regents
Capital Region
Geo Area
Region 2

Dr. Joseph C. Rallo became the 8th Commissioner of Higher Education of the Board of Regents on January 2, 2015.

Previously in 2012 he was appointed as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the Texas Tech University System (TTUS). The TTUS consists of two general academic institutions, two health sciences centers, and several regional campuses. Together these institutions enroll over 42,000 students, with a system budget of over $1.7 billion. In addition to his overall coordination of system academic affairs, Dr. Rallo has specific responsibility for strategic planning, distance education, military/veteran initiatives and international programs.

Dr. Rallo also served as President of Angelo State University, a component campus of the Texas Tech University System, in San Angelo, Texas on June 1, 2007. Prior to that appointment he served as Provost and Academic Vice President at Western Illinois University, and as the Dean of the College of Business and Administration and the Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

Dr. Rallo has published extensively on global business topics with an emphasis on the European Union and Japan. Dr. Rallo has also been named as a Fulbright Scholar and NATO Fellow and has testified before United States Senate committees on technology transfer policy for the United States and the European Union. From 1991-1999 he chaired the Executive Committee of the Japan Center for Michigan Universities, a consortium of the 15 public institutions in Michigan with its instructional site in Hikone, Japan.

Dr. Rallo has held senior leadership positions on several boards and served as the Chair of the Texas Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors (CPUPC), President of the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC) and member Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS COC). During his tenure Angelo State University was named to the Princeton Review’s Best 376 Colleges from 2009-2013 and was recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by the United States Department of Education.

Dr. Rallo served on active duty in the United States Navy and the United States Air Force, with assignments in complex command level organizations, including Air University and the United States Air Force Academy. After 27 years of active and reserve service, he retired from the Air Force with the rank of Colonel.

Dr. Rallo received the B.A. in Russian History from Lafayette College, the J.D. from Western New England University, as well as the M.A. and Ph.D. in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He was also the first American Fellow selected to study at the European Union’s Research Institute in Florence, Italy.