Havidan Rodriguez


University at Albany, State University of New York

Dr. Havidán Rodríguez took office as the University at Albany’s 20th president in September 2017.

Before coming to UAlbany, Dr. Rodríguez was the founding provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.

A respected scholar who studies the socioeconomic impacts of disasters and the economic well-being of minority populations in the United States and Puerto Rico, he formerly directed the University of Delaware’s acclaimed Disaster Research Center, the world’s first research center devoted to the studying the complex social problems that result from natural and technological disasters and other community-scale crises.

Dr. Rodríguez is also a national leader in the area of diversity and inclusion in higher education, and is currently accelerating the University at Albany’s success toward reaching its vision to be the nation’s leading diverse public research university.

Rodríguez received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, his M.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.