A&M’s McClendon Appointed as UCR Vice Chancellor for Business and Administrative Services

RIVERSIDE, Calif. UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox today announced the appointment of Rodney McClendon, JD, Ph.D., most recently Vice President for Administration at Texas A&M University, as UCR Vice Chancellor for Business and Administrative Services.
McClendon’s service to UCR is scheduled to begin in February.
McClendon is an accomplished academic administrator who previously worked at Texas A&M in leadership positions over a career that has included service at the College Station campus as Chief of Staff to the President, and as Assistant Provost, as well as service on the Galveston campus as a Vice President and CEO, and as COO.
In addition, between appointments at A&M, he served as Senior Vice President for Operations and Senior Associate Vice President for Administration at the University of North Texas. He began his career in higher education as a residence hall director for Morehouse College, his undergraduate alma mater.
“I was very pleased to recommend to President Napolitano the selection of Rodney McClendon for this position,” said Wilcox. “His skills and values make him an excellent fit with UCR’s leadership team, and he has the vision and experience to help us achieve our aspirations. During his campus visit, he impressed students, faculty, and staff alike with his commitment, integrity, collaborative approach, and ability to lead strategically.”
McClendon indicated his sincere desire to be of service to UCR:
“I am enthusiastic about joining a university whose values toward academic excellence, humanity, service excellence, and integrity are consistent with my own values, and I am pleased to accept Chancellor Wilcox’s nomination to become UC Riverside’s next Vice Chancellor for Business and Administrative Services.”
“I believe the Business and Administrative Services Unit exists to help facilitate faculty and the university administration’s ability to achieve UCR’s teaching, research, and public service missions, as well as to foster opportunities for community engagement,” McClendon said. “My goal is to be a leader who embraces and respects UCR’s rich history and culture, while continuing to build and lead a world-class team committed to the holistic excellence prescribed in UCR 2020, the campus’ strategic plan. I am committed to helping UCR achieve those imperatives.”
Reporting directly to the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor of Business and Administrative Services ensures the University of California, Riverside’s enterprise-wide business units optimally support UCR’s trifold mission of teaching, research, and public service.
The position leads a diverse workforce of about 600 employees, including managerial, professional, administrative, service, technical, and skilled trade staff. The position provides leadership and vision to ensure effective operation of divisions that include:
• Financial Services (financial control and accountability, payroll services, accounting services, and student business services, including the main cashier’s office)
• Human Resources (staff and employee development, compensation, workplace health and wellness, labor relations, and HR policies and programs)
• Facilities Management (physical plant, transportation, parking, fleet services, environmental health and safety)
• Materiel Management (campus purchasing, equipment management, receiving, printing and mail services, storehouse, and business agreements))
• Capital Programs (space planning, design and construction/architects and engineers, real estate)
• University of California Police Department, Riverside
McClendon has served on several boards and commissions, including the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission on College and University Service Involvement, and the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce. He is active in community service and has received numerous awards and honors.
McClendon has been recognized by Texas A&M’s Association of Former Students and the Division of Student Affairs with an “Outstanding Professional Staff Award”; by Texas A&M students as a “Fish Camp” (freshman orientation) namesake; twice by graduate students in Texas A&M’s Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) program with the “Outstanding Faculty Award”; and was designated one of the “Outstanding Young Men of America”.
A native of Blackshear, Georgia, McClendon earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Banking and Finance from Morehouse, a law degree from Emory University School of Law, and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M. His doctoral research focused on faculty perceptions of presidential leadership in urban school reform.
Wilcox thanked UCR Vice Provost Steven Brint for his service as head of the search committee for the position.
The full UCR search committee membership for the position was:
Steven Brint, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education and Committee Chair
David Bergquist, Interim Campus Counsel
Sandeep Dhall, Graduate Student
Patrick Hartney, Assistant Dean, Finance & Administration
Jodie Holt, Associate Dean, Agriculture & Natural Resources
Cindy Larive, Chair and Professor of Chemistry
Umar Mohideen, Chair and Professor of Physics
Michael Nduati, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, School of Medicine
Andy Plumley, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Housing, Dining, and Residential Services
Nicole Rosales, Undergraduate Student
Karl Taube, Professor of Anthropology
Mike Terry, Assistant Director of Plant Services

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