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Ray Di Pasquale Ray Di Pasquale

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400 East Ave.
Warwick, RI 02886

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A statement from President Ray Di Pasquale

May 20, 2015

Dear colleagues,

I have informed the Council on Postsecondary Education that I do not intend to seek reappointment as president upon the expiration of my current contract on June 30, 2016. After nearly 10 years, it is most satisfying to have accomplished everything I was brought here to do. When I was hired, the directives from the board were clear: to restore morale, solve the million dollar-plus deficit, bring the enrollment back, and restore confidence in CCRI to the faculty, staff, students and community. NEASC accreditation and a five-year review were also top priorities.

I am very pleased to say that we have accomplished those goals with an excellent NEASC review and with full accreditation until 2024. We have formed new business partnerships, entered into new articulation agreements, achieved record enrollments and raised a record number of dollars. Record numbers of graduates have crossed the stage. We have renovated our campus libraries, art studios, labs and Bobby Hackett Theater. We created new programs, never seeking or needing a supplemental budget to do so. Our budgets were balanced every year and there were no layoffs. I also had the privilege of serving during the college’s 50th anniversary celebration.

I held off on announcing this decision until after commencement so that the focus would be on our students. With commencement behind us, the Council now can begin the very important process of selecting a new president for CCRI. I am grateful to have served CCRI, its students, faculty and staff as president, and the state of Rhode Island as Commissioner of Higher Education.

I will remain president until a new president is selected. I wish CCRI much success in the future and thank everyone for their support during my tenure.

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