Meet the Provost

Provost Vaidya headshot

Dr. Ashish K. Vaidya was named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in December 2014 and began his post on July 1, 2015. Dr. Vaidya acts as the University’s Chief Academic Officer and serves as the institutional leader in the President’s absence.

As the second-ranking officer of the university, Dr. Vaidya provides

  • leadership for the University’s overall academic, budgetary and planning processes, and
  • oversight of its academic programs, research, global programs, enrollment, and student affairs.

Dr. Vaidya holds degrees in economics from St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai, India and the University of Mumbai as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Davis. In 2007, he participated in American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) professional development program for senior higher education administrators, the Millennium Leadership Initiative. 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.

Dr. Vaidya most recently 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 California State University, Los Angeles and served in a variety of leadership positions at California State University, Channels Islands (dean of the faculty, MBA director, and founding director of the Center for International Affairs). Dr. Vaidya began his career as a professor of economics at California State, Los Angeles and Channels Islands.

Dr. Vaidya currently serves as the co-chair of AASCU’s Regional Engagement and Research Council (RERC) and on the board of directors of the University Economic Development Association (UEDA). Dr. Vaidya is married to Nita Vaidya – a sociologist and chef extraordinaire. They have two children, Jaanhvi – a technology consulting analyst with Accenture, and Avaneesh – a sophomore at the University of Arizona. The family loves watching the Food Network with their two dogs – Frisco and Coco. Dr. Vaidya is a Fitbit enthusiast, enjoys playing tennis, and rooting for the San Francisco 49ers. He is looking forward to getting to know the community of St. Cloud and discovering the beauty of Minnesota and its many lakes.  

If you would like to know more about the Provost or to invite him to your event, please contact us or fill out the meeting/event request form. Read Dr. Vaidya's blog here.