Dr. Zav Dadabhoy is the Vice President for Student Affairs at Bakersfield College—one of the nations oldest and diverse community colleges with an enrollment of 18,000 students. The college is quickly developing a reputation for innovative student success programs and collaborative work with the community’s K-16 educational institutions. Students thrive in a welcoming, diverse, collaborative community with experiential and career relevant learning experiences that provide a life changing education. The Student Affairs’ portfolio includes program management, faculty evaluations, staff supervision (over 120 professional staff), and budget responsibility (approximately $40,000,000). Dr. Dadabhoy earned his doctorate (Ph.D.) in higher education leadership from the University of Colorado at Denver, and he has a M.A. and B.A. in organizational behavior from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His dissertation, titled “From student affairs pedagogies to online practice: Developing a didactic collegiate portal rooted in student affairs paradigm,” reflects his enthusiasm for harnessing web and multi-media technologies to serve students.
Dr. Dadabhoy is in his second career: Prior to finding his passion in the student affairs field, he worked for 6 years as a professional accountant and management consultant in London, England. He enjoys student affairs because of the enormous positive impact it could have on student success outcomes. He considers himself a student advocate and thrives on the strong relationships he develops with student leaders on campus. His research interests include: Technology implications for student affairs; the role of campus environmental variables in student decisions to persist; student learning as an imperative for student affairs’ units; and assessment of student experiences at urban commuter campuses. He has numerous publications and presentations at national conferences to his credit. He is active in professional organizations (NASPA and ACPA), was a member of ACPA’s Commission on Administrative Leadership Directorate (2007-2009). He also consults with colleges and corporations across the country. These consultations include: Blackboard, Apple Computers, the University of Maryland, American Student Government Association (ASGA), etc..