Adrian Rodriguez Announced as Vice President of Student Engagement & Success

By Olivia Santos | Published: May 24, 2021

 Adrian Rodriguez Announced as Vice President of Student Engagement & Success

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is excited to announce Adrian Rodriguez as the vice president of Student Engagement and Success. Rodriguez will join the Island University on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021.

Rodriguez’s career includes more than 20 years of experience in higher education serving most recently as associate vice president for Student Life at Kansas State University, where he led the development of the K-State DreamZone – a space on campus to serve undocumented, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program participants, and students with families of mixed immigration status with resources and referral services. He also served as the vice president for Student Development Services at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, TX, dean of Student Life at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas, and Dean of Students at Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, TX. At Lon Morris College, Rodriguez also served as the registrar, director of Student Activities, and the head softball coach.

“The Island University has a unique story to tell, and I am thrilled to be a part of it,” Rodriguez said. “I could tell from my visit to campus, that Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi cares deeply about its students. I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and administration in our commitment to our students, in embracing our Islander identity, and striving to be a national leader in providing an exemplary and vibrant student experience. My family and I are ecstatic to be back in Texas, and in Corpus Christi.”

Through his work in higher education, Rodriguez has developed a comprehensive knowledge of student involvement, diversity and multicultural programing, student resources, and behavioral intervention and care teams. He has also amassed an extensive record of service excellence to students and campus communities alike. He is a member of numerous academic associations, including the National Academic Advising Association, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education, among many others. Rodriguez is an alumnus of Texas A&M and Texas A&M-Kingsville. He is also a doctoral candidate at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, with an expected graduation date in December 2021.

President and CEO of A&M-Corpus Christi Dr Kelly M. Miller said Rodriguez’s experience as a first-generation student from South Texas mirrors that of many Islander students on campus.

“To truly live out the Island University’s unparalleled commitment to every student’s success, we must take every opportunity to build a campus culture that celebrates our strengths, while increasing our traditions, vibrancy, service excellence, innovation, and impact,” Miller said. “To realize these opportunities, as well as address the many challenges in student affairs, challenges certainly increased by the COVID-19 pandemic, we needed a truly exceptional leader. I am excited to announce that we have found that leader in Adrian Rodriguez.” 

For more information on the Division of Student Engagement and Success, visit https://studentaffairs.tamucc.edu/