As a female, who is not only a professional in the field of Student Affairs, but also an active alumna of Rhode Island College, I was very pleased to hear that the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education chose Nancy Carriuolo to succeed President John Nazarian as the ninth president of Rhode Island College (RIC). Although I do not know her personally, I have heard great things about her while she has served as RICâ€™s interim vice president for academic affairs for the past year and as deputy commissioner and chief academic officer at the Rhode Island Office of Higher Education.
President Nazarian has had a very successful and impressive 58-year tenure at RIC (18 years as President) and will be sorely missed, but I look forward to this new chapter in RICâ€™s history. There has been some talk on Capitol Hill of merging RIC and CCRI; hopefully President-Elect Carriuolo will work to maintain RICâ€™s unique position within the Stateâ€™s Higher Education system.
I feel that she perfectly captured the role she will play within Rhode Island when the ProJo interviewed her. â€œIt is a privilege and an enormous responsibility, because a number of younger female leaders will be watching and wishing me well and thinking about their own careers and what the possibilities might be for them,â€? Carriuolo said. You can read the full Projo article here.
I wish President Carriuolo the best in her new role at Rhode Island College.