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 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. 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 serves as chair of the Board of Directors of the University of Cincinnati Research Institute (UCRI). He also serves on the boards of the UC Accelerator and the Center for Respite Care. Hays received a baccalaureate degree from DePauw University and a doctoral degree in psychoanalytic studies from Emory University.