June 7, 2021
Diversity and multicultural student affairs vice president accepts role in Texas
Adrian Rodriguez, associate vice president for student life for diversity and multicultural student affairs, has been named vice president of student engagement and success by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Per the university announcement, Rodriguez will assume his new role in early August.
“Adrian’s positive impact on K-State and our students has been substantial and will be long-lasting," said Thomas Lane, Kansas State University vice president for student life and dean of students. "He served in partnership with the KSU Foundation as the lead on the Morris Family Multicultural Student Center, taking the project team through fundraising, design, construction and bringing the facility into reality.
"Among his many other accomplishments, he formalized an intercultural learning component to Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs’ on-going diversity initiatives, expanded the number of Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs staff, brought the LGBT Resource Center and Student Access Center into DMSA, and partnered with the Student Governing Association to form the Intercultural Leadership Council. His tireless efforts brought new corporate partners to Project Impact and DMSA programs. Though we couldn’t be happier for him about this well-deserved opportunity, he will be greatly missed,” Lane said.
“It is with a heavy heart that my family and I say goodbye to our K-State and Flint Hills community," Rodriguez said. "While we are happy to be moving closer to family, we will greatly miss our dear friends and colleagues here in Kansas. I am incredibly grateful to the wonderful faculty, staff and students who have partnered to accomplish so much over the last several years, including the planning, design, building, and completion of the Morris Family Multicultural Student Center, the launch of the DREAMZone, building and growing the capacity and reach of Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs, building a strategic partnership for intercultural learning across the academy and forging a powerful partnership with the KSU Foundation to bring donors and new corporate partners to the multicultural student center, Project Impact and DMSA programs.
"I am very appreciative to President Myers, Dr. Thomas Lane and Dr. Pat Bosco for their leadership, support and prioritization of multicultural student success at Kansas State University. I am confident that the center and the work that has been accomplished over the last several years will serve as a strong foundation for what is yet to come,” Rodriguez said.
An internal search for an interim associate vice president for student life for diversity and multicultural student affairs is currently underway.