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Ryan Hays

Ryan Hays


Ryan Hays, PhD was appointed executive vice president in Fall 2012.  He serves as the President’s chief of staff, overseeing the Office of the President as well as the Office of the Board of Trustees. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of the University of Cincinnati Research Institute.  Hays came to UC in 2011 as vice provost for faculty development and deputy to the provost. 


Prior to UC, Hays served as assistant dean of the faculty at Princeton University.  At Princeton, his administrative duties spanned all four academic divisions: humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. He co-managed the university-wide teaching budget; directly managed the teaching assistant budget; assisted with the annual appointment and reappointment of all lecturers and visiting professors; and oversaw requests for sabbaticals, workload relief and term extensions. He also was responsible for appointing and reappointing the leaders of academic centers, institutes and programs, as well as the members of departmental advisory councils.

Prior to Princeton, Hays staffed the Board of Trustees at Emory University. His work focused on strategic planning, trustee recruitment and board development. He directly supported several trustee groups, including the Executive Committee, the Governance Committee, the Public Policy Advisory Group and the Leadership Task Force on Trustee Recruitment. He also launched the Faculty Roundtable, a trustee-hosted event aimed at introducing trustees to innovative teaching and research around campus. At Emory, Hays taught in the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts, one of the oldest interdisciplinary doctoral programs in the country.  Prior to Emory, Hays served as special assistant to the dean of the Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College.  In 1997, Hays helped launch the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future, under the direction of then-chairman Retired General Colin L. Powell.

Hays received a baccalaureate degree from DePauw University and a doctoral degree in psychoanalytic studies from Emory University.