Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Rodney P. McClendon

Vice President for Operations

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Dr. Rodney P. McClendon, a senior administrator with more than two decades of leadership experience in higher education, was appointed vice president for operations at Carnegie Mellon University, effective July 1, 2016.

In this reconfigured role, McClendon leads the university’s work in key areas of human, physical, and technological infrastructure and services, including human resources, facilities management, enterprise risk management, computing services, campus services, environmental health and safety, campus design and facilities development and university police.

Prior to joining CMU, McClendon served as strategic partner for Forward Motion, a consulting firm that advises universities and not-for-profit organizations on issues of leadership and governance, strategic planning, diversity, change management, risk mitigation and crisis management.

Before joining Forward Motion in 2013, McClendon served as vice president for administration at Texas A&M University in College Station, where he led a division that included facilities services and coordination, utilities and energy services, transportation services, university dining, environmental health and safety, enterprise risk management, university police, aviation services, conference center and sustainability.
From 2009-2011, McClendon served as senior vice president for operations and senior associate vice president for administration at the University of North Texas.

From 1995-2009, McClendon served in various roles for Texas A&M University, including acting vice president and CEO, executive associate vice president and COO at Texas A&M-Galveston; and as chief of staff to the president, assistant provost, interim assistant director in the Department of Multicultural Services, and coordinator of student retention and development in the Department of Multicultural Services at Texas A&M-College Station.

He has served on the boards of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce, the Galveston, Texas, P-16 Council, and the Metropolitan Planning Organization in Brazos County, Texas. He also has served as a consultant and keynote presenter for local and national organizations and corporations, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, USAGroup Noel-Levitz National Conference on Student Retention, the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation and Exxon Corporation.

A native of Blackshear, GA, McClendon received a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance from Morehouse College, a law degree from Emory University and a doctoral degree in agricultural leadership, education and communications from Texas A&M University.