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Dr. Rodrick Hay is the Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at California State University, Dominguez Hills. As the chief academic officer, he provides leadership to strive for high quality in teaching, scholarship, creative activities and service for faculty and academic programs. In that role, he is a key stakeholder and leader in working with the Academic Senate in creating and implementing university academic goals, educational policy, curriculum planning and development, program review, and faculty support. In addition, he is responsible for Academic Affairs funding and resource allocation, personnel actions pertaining to faculty and academic staff. He oversees 68 degree programs (46 undergrad, 22 graduate) with almost 15,000 students, 87% of whom are minority students, and 59% from economically disadvantaged households, who aspire to obtain their degrees and return to give back to their communities, as well as oversees 860 faculty and over 200 staff and administrators. As Provost, he facilitates and leads university and Academic Affairs strategic planning, budget and resource planning, enrollment management, faculty and student success, and support for curricular and program distinction.
Prior to becoming Provost, Dr. Hay served for 10 years in the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences Deans Office, three years as Dean and seven years as the Associate Dean. In those positions he was responsible for managing all college operations including a budget of over 11 million dollars and faculty and staff supporting 10 departments and two programs. He was a principle architect of the NBS Master Plan and NBS Facilities and Space Plan in compliance with the Academic Affairs Master Plan and University Strategic Plan.
Dr. Hay also serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Urban Environmental Research (CUER), which was established in part by funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). The CUER provides an umbrella for advancing environmental sciences on campus and sponsors service learning opportunities for students in native species habitat restoration and energy efficiency. Under Dr. Hay’s guidance the CUER was responsible for creating a new Master’s Degree in Environmental Science.
Dr. Hay’s degrees include a B.S. in Earth Science from Northern Arizona University, an M.B.A from Santa Clara University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Arizona.