Rodner B. Wright, AIA, serves as the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Florida A&M University (FAMU). In this capacity, he is responsible for the academic operations of 12 schools and colleges within the University, which includes more than 9,900 students and over 500 faculty.
In August of 2012, Mr. Wright was appointed Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs by then Interim President Dr. Larry Robinson. He served through the transition of the presidential and provost searches which ended January 2015.
During his tenure, he completed successful dean searches for the School of the Environment, the College of Science & Technology, the College of Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities, and University Libraries.
Mr. Wright has been dean and a member of the faculty of the FAMU School of Architecture & Engineering Technology since August 1996. During this same period, he has been an active board member of the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects and the Tallahassee Chapter. From 1998-2001, he served on the National Architectural Accrediting Board, first as vice president and then as president. Since 1995, he has served on and/or chaired more than 16 accrediting and candidacy visits combined, including a candidacy visit to American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates in 2008.
Wright has chaired and served on numerous campus-wide committees at all levels. Most notably, he chaired the Organizational Analysis Taskforce consisting of more than 30 faculty and administrators, which contributed significantly to the university’s academic restructuring plan implemented in July 2011. Additionally, he chaired the director of the Marching and Pep Bands Search Committee in 2012, which led to the reactivation of the Marching 100 in the fall of 2014.
Prior to coming to FAMU, he spent 11 years as a member of the faculty at Mississippi State University School of Architecture. While there he taught design and architectural delineation. Additionally, he served first as academic advisor, and then as associate dean. In 1992, he became the first African American to serve as president of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
He is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in design from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture and Art and a Master in Architecture from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design.