Havidan Rodríguez, UWM Sociology MA Program 1986 graduate, has been named the 20th president of the University at Albany. See the University at Albany news release.
On the National Diversity Council’s 3rd Annual Latino Leadership Conference website, Havidán Rodríguez is listed as one of only 15 recipients nationwide honored with the 2017 Top Latino Leaders Award.
Prior to his position at the University at Albany, Rodríguez was Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), a new university formed out of the consolidation of UT-Pan American (UTPA) and UT-Brownsville. And before that, he served as the Interim President at UTPA, where he began in 2011 as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and a tenured professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. During 2014-15 he continued to serve as Interim President at UTPA while also serving in his role at UTRGV, which opened its doors in the fall of 2015.