A native of Queens, New York, Ivy R. Taylor is the 12th and first female president of Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Prior to her selection as president, she spent 20 years in San Antonio, Texas as an affordable housing advocate, lecturer at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas, a member of the San Antonio City Council, and Mayor of San Antonio. In 2020, she obtained a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1992, and in 1998 she obtained a Master’s from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ivy and her husband, Rodney, are the parents of a teenage daughter, Morgan.