Office of the President


Interim President Ashish Vaidya

Interim President
Ashish Vaidya

Ashish Vaidya, Interim President

Ashish Vaidya was named to a two-year appointment as interim president of St. Cloud State by the Minnesota State Board of Trustees in June 2016 following the unexpected death President Earl H. Potter III, who had served as president of St. Cloud State University since 2007.

He is focused on leading the university as the campus community moves forward from the tragedy together.

Vaidya came to the University as provost and vice president for academic affairs in 2015.

Previously, he served California State University, Los Angeles, from 2010-2015 as provost and vice president for academic affairs, and as special advisor to the president for regional economic development.

He also served California State University Channel Islands as dean of the faculty from 2005-2010, as the MBA director from 2003-2005, and as founding director of the Center for International Affairs from 2004-2006.

He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from St. Xavier’s College (Mumbai, India), and a master’s and a doctorate from University of California, Davis.