Bakersfield College

Bakersfield College Administration Building

Office of the President

President Zav Dadabhoy's Biography

Distinguished male wearing glasses of Indian descent.

Zav Dadabhoy has been the Vice President of Student Affairs and the senior most member of the Executive Team at the college since November 2012. He has been at the core of numerous innovative student success programs and has driven numerous enrollment growth initiatives for the college.  His responsibilities include program management and supervision over 140 faculty and professional staff, and direct budget responsibility of over $50 million plus management of $80 million in pass-through disbursements. 

Prior to joining Bakersfield College, Zav was the Chief Student Affairs Officer at Colorado State University – Pueblo, in Colorado.  The University is a HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) and is a regional open access, master’s-degree granting public university in the Colorado State University System. 

Zav has taught at the undergraduate (Sociology, First Year Experience) and doctoral (Educational Leadership) levels. He earned his doctorate (Ph.D.) in higher education leadership from the University of Colorado, and he has a M.A. and B.A. in organizational behavior from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

He has numerous publications and presentations at national conferences to his credit and is active in state-wide and national professional organizations.  Zav is currently the President of the California Chief Student Services Officers (CSSO) Association.