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Newly Installed URI President Dave Dooley Points to Increased Collaboration and Innovation as Keys to Transformation

Published on April 9, 2010

In his inaugural address, President Dooley expressed his hope that Rhode Island and the University will transform the world by first transforming itself:

"There will come a time in the foreseeable future when people will say: Only in Rhode Island did the colleges and universities, public and private, set a new standard for collaboration and cooperation.  Only in Rhode Island did their collective, coordinated efforts provide excellent, continuously innovative education, stimulate broad-based research advances that catalyzed the development of a new, sustainable, knowledge-based economy, and provide leadership in solving the grand challenges of the 21st century."

Attracting a new president with demonstrated experience in building university-based research capacity, and who is capable of leading a transformative change effort at URI was a primary recommendation of STAC's URI Commission on Research and Innovation.  To improve leadership and culture, the Commission found that URI must develop visionary, experience champions of research to fund and guide growth and transformation into the 21st century.

Read more about the inauguration, including the inaugural address, here

Read more about STAC's URI Commission on Research and Innovation

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