Mr. Rodriguez is Chief of Staff to the President at the University of the Incarnate Word. He directs the day-to-day operations of the President’s Office and is the primary point of assistance and principal professional aide to the President. He also manages the communications flow of the President’s Office and is a member of the Executive Council. He joined UIW in 2000 as Assistant to the President/Communications.
Mr. Rodriguez previously served as pop music critic for The Dallas Morning News; features writer at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times; sports and news reporter for the Dallas Times Herald; and print and broadcast reporter for United Press International.
His work has been carried by the Associated Press and has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, The Baltimore Sun, the Orlando Sentinel, the Times Union (Albany, NY), the San Antonio Express-News, The Pittsburgh Press, The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC), the Bangor Daily News (Maine), the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Winnipeg Free Press (Canada).
Mr. Rodriguez was cited in Joe Nick Patoski’s book on Selena Quintanilla, “Selena: Como La Flor” and in “The News and Public Opinion: Media Effects on Civic Life” by Maxwell McCombs, Lance Holbert, Spiro Kiousis and Wayne Wanta. Mr. Rodriguez co-wrote the introduction and helped edit “Lou: From Brooklyn to Broadway” by Patricia A. Watkins. He also co-wrote the entry on the history of UIW for “Historic Bexar County: An Illustrated History” by Joe Carroll Rust.
His honors include a First Place Award for Arts and Entertainment Criticism from the Corpus Christi Press Club and a Special Service Award from the National Association of Black Journalists (University of Iowa chapter). He’s also a recipient of the Ruben Salazar Scholarship Award from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and The Freedom Forum Scholarship Award. He’s twice been inducted into the Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Honor Society.
Mr. Rodriguez's current and past professional memberships include the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Dallas/Fort Worth Network of Hispanic Communicators, and the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education. He’s also a past board member of the Journal of Communication Inquiry at the University of Iowa.
Originally from Puerto Rico, Mr. Rodriguez has a Master’s in Journalism from the University of Iowa (with thesis), where he was a Graduate Fellow, and a Bachelor’s in Journalism from TCU, with a minor in Geography. He was also awarded a certificate of completion from the Executive Education Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.