Havidan Rodriguez

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Havidán Rodríguez
20th President of the
University at Albany, SUNY
Assumed office
September 11, 2017
Preceded byRobert J. Jones
Personal details
Born (1959-02-24) February 24, 1959 (age 60)
Arecibo, Puerto Rico,
United States
Spouse(s)Rosy Lopez
ResidenceAlbany, NY, United States
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison

University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

University of Maryland
Academic background
ThesisHousehold composition, employment patterns and economic well-being: Puerto Ricans in the United States and Puerto Rico, 1970-1980 (1991)
Doctoral advisor.
Academic work
Doctoral studentsWilliam Donner, University of Delaware

Dr. Havidán Rodríguez (born February 24, 1959, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico) is the 20th president of the University at Albany, SUNY. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has had a distinguished career in higher education as an academic administrator/leader, scholar, and educator.

Current profile and recent achievements[edit]

Dr. Havidán Rodríguez was named the 20th President of the University at Albany, SUNY by the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees on June 21, 2017,[1] a position he assumed in September 2017. He is the first Hispanic/Latino President of any of the SUNY four-year campuses.[2] Prior to this position, Rodríguez served as founding Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), and Professor of Sociology; President ad Interim of The University of Texas–Pan American (UTPA), the institution's final leader; Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at UTPA; Deputy Provost at University of Delaware, where he also was a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, and former Director at the Disaster Research Center, the oldest and one of the leading social science disaster research centers in the world. His first academic position after earning his Ph.D. was at the University of Puerto Rico–Mayaguez.

Rodríguez's recent honors and awards include being named Man of the Year by the New York League of Puerto Rican Women in 2018;[3] 2017 Top Latino Leader by the National Diversity Council;[4] the UTRGV President's Medallion in 2017; 2017 Inspiring Leaders in STEM Award by INSIGHT into Diversity;[5] 2016 Cesar Estrada Chavez Award by the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity;[6][7] 2015 Alfredo G. de los Santos, Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award by the American Association for Hispanics in Higher Education;[8][9] featured cover story of the June 2015 issue of The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education;[10][11] and highlighted in the September 2015 Bright Spots in Hispanic Education on-line catalogue[12][13] by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics; among others (including those listed below).

One of Rodríguez's major faculty-related programmatic achievements at UTRGV/UTPA was as Principal Investigator on the ADVANCE Program on Attracting and Nurturing Women at a Hispanic-Serving Institution,[14] funded by the National Science Foundation through an ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant.[15] The lead Co-PI and Project Director on the UTRGV ADVANCE Program throughout Rodríguez's time as PI was Ala Qubbaj, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs & Diversity.[16] This Program had a series of integrated components and initiatives related to faculty recruitment, retention, and advancement, including the ADVANCE Leadership Institute[17] and the ADVANCE Associate to Full Professor Program.[18] Under the Education & Empowerment Component of ADVANCE, the UTRGV/UTPA Women's Faculty Network (WFN) was launched,[19] which inspired a similar network at The University of Texas Arlington.[20] As a sign of appreciation for his support, the UTRGV WFN Executive Team created a named scholarship in Rodríguez's honor as he was leaving the institution.

Rodríguez has been featured in a wide variety of national media outlets beyond those initially announcing his Presidency at the University at Albany, SUNY. This media coverage includes being the cover story of the June 2015 Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine,[10] featured in the January/February 2018 Latino Leaders Magazine,[21] featured in the Winter 2018 The Minority Report (joint newsletter of the American Economic Association's Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession, American Society of Hispanic Economists, and the National Economic Association);[22] interviewed in-depth about Puerto Rico's economic crisis by El Nuevo Día in June 2018,[23] and included as a Trailblazer in the December 2017 American Way magazine.[24] His staunch support of undergraduate research and experiential learning opportunities was one of the reasons he was highlighted in the 2015 Bright Spots in Hispanic Education by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Research and scholarship[edit]

Dr. Havidán Rodríguez has a significant number of publications in two major – and often overlapping – research areas: (1) social science aspects of disasters (including the vulnerability and resiliency to disasters), and (2) socioeconomic well-being among minorities, particularly Latinos/as, in the U.S. (including the migration, education, and socioeconomic mobility among Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. mainland). He has led and participated in a number of field research projects, including trips to Honduras, following Hurricane Mitch; India and Sri Lanka, following the Indian Ocean Tsunami; and the Gulf Coast, following Hurricane Katrina. He has received funding from a variety of agencies, including NSF, the Ford Foundation, NIMH, FEMA, and others.

In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, Rodríguez is co-author (with Marie Mora and Alberto Dávila) of Population, Migration, and Socioeconomic Outcomes among Island and Mainland Puerto Ricans: La Crisis Boricua (Lexington Books, November 2017).[25] He is also the co-editor of Handbook of Disaster Research (with Quarantelli and Dynes, Springer, 2006);[26] Handbook of Disaster Research, 2nd Edition (with Trainor and Donner, Springer, 2018);[27] and Latinas/os in the United States: Changing the Face of América (with Rogelio Sáenz and Menjívar, Springer, 2008).[28]


Dr. Havidán Rodríguez earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, his master's degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee,[29] and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1991.[30] His Ph.D. field of specialization was Demography - an area in which he continues to publish, along with his interdisciplinary work.

Honors and awards[edit]

Throughout his career, Dr. Havidán Rodríguez has received numerous honors, awards, fellowships, and other recognitions, including the following.


  1. ^ http://www.albany.edu/news/79681.php
  2. ^ http://www.timesunion.com/7day-breaking/article/Watch-live-at-1-30-p-m-SUNY-trustees-appoint-11232768.php
  3. ^ a b http://nylprw.org/events/
  4. ^ a b https://www.nationaldiversitycouncil.org/2017-top-latino-leaders-to-be-honored-at-3rd-annual-latino-leadership-conference/
  5. ^ a b http://www.insightintodiversity.com/wp-content/media/issues/september2017.pdf
  6. ^ http://www.aaaed.org/aaaed/Awards.asp
  7. ^ http://www.utrgv.edu/en-us/about-utrgv/news/press-releases/2016/june-03-utrgv-provost-receives-national-award-for-advocacy-of-workers-rights-humanitarian-issues/index.htm
  8. ^ http://aahhe.org/Awards/alfredosantos.aspx
  9. ^ https://www.utrgv.edu/en-us/about-utrgv/news/press-releases/2015/april-17-dr-havidan-rodriguez-award/index.htm
  10. ^ a b c https://www.hispanicoutlook.com/education-magazine/june-issue-2015#undefined%2F6
  11. ^ a b http://www.utrgv.edu/en-us/about-utrgv/news/press-releases/2015/june-17-dr-havidan-rodriguez-featured-on-national-magazine-cover/index.htm
  12. ^ https://sites.ed.gov/hispanic-initiative/bright-spots-in-hispanic-education/
  13. ^ http://www.utrgv.edu/en-us/about-utrgv/news/press-releases/2015/september-16-white-house-names-utrgv-a-bright-spot-in-hispanic-education/index.htm
  14. ^ http://www.utrgv.edu/advance/index.htm
  15. ^ https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5383
  16. ^ http://www.utrgv.edu/facultyaffairs/about/our-team/index.htm
  17. ^ http://www.valleymorningstar.com/education/utrgv/article_1a4db798-e28c-11e6-947a-f33ca25b177f.html
  18. ^ http://www.themonitor.com/life/article_d07be0a2-b674-11e5-b436-17cb55c6fc60.html
  19. ^ http://www.utrgv.edu/en-us/about-utrgv/news/press-releases/2015/may-11-womens-faculty-network-bylaws/index.htm
  20. ^ http://www.theshorthorn.com/news/female-employees-convene-for-first-meeting/article_888f2942-2546-11e7-9eff-cb8fab21d546.html
  21. ^ https://www.latinoleadersmagazine.com/januaryfebruary-2018/2018/2/28/forging-a-path-to-leadership-dr-havidan-rodrguez
  22. ^ https://assets.aeaweb.org/assets/production/files/6291.pdf
  23. ^ https://www.elnuevodia.com/english/english/nota/tracingtheoriginoftheislandscrisis-2426069/
  24. ^ http://americanway.ink-live.com/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&edid=75b9cd88-2cc4-494e-9cca-6910da109b30
  25. ^ https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498516877/Population-Migration-and-Socioeconomic-Outcomes-among-Island-and-Mainland-Puerto-Ricans-La-Crisis-Boricua
  26. ^ https://www.springer.com/us/book/9780387323312
  27. ^ https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319632537?gclid=CjwKCAiA9MTQBRAREiwAzmytwxzLvnyIU2_efiHjkl6OcNt4m_GncYx98AwQy92MSglykkK2oOJm7BoCl8kQAvD_BwE
  28. ^ https://www.springer.com/us/book/9780387719412
  29. ^ Rodriguez, Havidan (1986). Puerto Rican female youth: labor force participation in the continental United States (M.S.). University of Wisconsin-Madison. OCLC 15072119.
  30. ^ Rodriguez, Havidan (1991). Household composition, employment patterns and economic well-being: Puerto Ricans in the United States and Puerto Rico, 1970-1980 (Ph.D.). University of Wisconsin-Madison. OCLC 49216510 – via ProQuest. (Subscription required (help)).
  31. ^ http://www.aaaed.org/aaaed/Awards.asp , http://www.utrgv.edu/en-us/about-utrgv/news/press-releases/2016/june-03-utrgv-provost-receives-national-award-for-advocacy-of-workers-rights-humanitarian-issues/index.htm
  32. ^ http://aahhe.org/Awards/alfredosantos.aspx , https://www.utrgv.edu/en-us/about-utrgv/news/press-releases/2015/april-17-dr-havidan-rodriguez-award/index.htm
  33. ^ "Vice provost receives Delaware Hispanic of the Year award". Udel.edu. 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2014-08-21.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Robert J. Jones
President of University at Albany, SUNY
2017 – present