Ryan Hays, PhD

Executive Vice President


Ryan M. Hays

Ryan Hays, PhD was appointed Executive Vice President in Fall 2012. In addition to serving as the President’s Chief of Staff, he oversees the daily operations of the Office of the President and the Office of the Board of Trustees. Hays came to UC in 2011 to serve in the dual role of Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Deputy to the Provost.

Prior to UC, Hays was Assistant Dean of the Faculty at Princeton University. At Princeton, his duties spanned all four academic divisions: humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. He co-managed a $600 million faculty personnel budget; directly managed a $20 million teaching assistant budget; facilitated the appointment and reappointment of all lecturers and visiting professors; and oversaw requests for sabbaticals, workload relief and term extensions. He also oversaw the appointment of all faculty leaders of academic centers, institutes and programs, as well as 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 supported several trustee groups, including the Executive Committee, the Governance Committee, the Public Policy Advisory Group and the Leadership Task Force on Trustee Recruitment. At Emory, Hays taught in the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts (ILA), the oldest interdisciplinary doctoral program 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 Retired General Colin Powell.

In 2018, Governor John Kasich appointed Hays to serve on the Third Frontier Advisory Board, a diverse group of state leaders charged with accelerating the growth of startup and early stage technology companies in Ohio.  Since 2014, Hays has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the University of Cincinnati Research Institute (UCRI), an incubator for the University’s newly launched 1819 innovation hub.  Hays also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Center for Respite Care, a homeless medical recovery organization in Cincinnati.   

Hays received a baccalaureate degree from DePauw University and an interdisciplinary doctoral degree in psychoanalytic studies and postmodern theory from Emory University. His dissertation on Sigmund Freud has ranked among the Top 20 most-accessed scholarly works on ProQuest, an electronic library of more than 2.1 million dissertations and theses.