Dr. Ashish K. Vaidya was named interim president of St. Cloud State University by the Minnesota State Board of Trustees in June 2016 for a two-year term.
Prior to being named interim president, Dr. Ashish K. Vaidya was Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at St. Cloud State University, the University’s Chief Academic Officer and institutional leader in the President’s absence.
Before arriving at St. Cloud State University in July 2015, he served as Special Adviser to the President for Regional Economic Development at California State University, Los Angeles. He was formerly the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Cal State LA and served in a variety of leadership positions at Cal State Channels Islands (dean of the faculty, MBA director, and founding director of the Center for International Affairs).
Dr. Vaidya holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Davis. In June 2008, Dr. Vaidya successfully completed the Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) program offered by the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.