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PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — Canadian Author Dianne Nahirny once said, “Retirement means doing whatever I want to do. It means choice.”

And for 73-year-old doctor Ruth Simmons, her choice post retirement was to go back to work.

Let’s meet the president Prairie View A&M University’s been waiting for, “Ruth the Truth,”in today’s Inside Story from the pages of Houstonia.

Simmons was the first African-American to become president of an Ivy League school during her time at Brown University and is the first African-American woman to become president of a major university. Now she’s the first female president of Prairie View A&M.

PV’s counting on “Ruth the Truth” to increase the schools 25th ranking among historically black colleges and universities. In hopes of raising the less than 36% graduation rate.

It seems, when you know as much as she does, it’s hard to retire.

To read more about “Ruth the Truth” and how she became one of the greatest higher education leaders in American history, pick up this month’s issue of Houstonia.