Executive Committee

The goals of the Executive Committee include, but are not limited to, developing coherent plans to eliminate unnecessary duplication in public education and addressing the future needs of public education in Rhode Island in the most efficient and economical manner possible.

The Executive Committee consists of the Chair of the Board of Education, the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, the President of the University of Rhode Island, the President of Rhode Island College, and the President of the Community College of Rhode Island, and is chaired by the Commissioner of Higher Education.

The Executive Committee meets regularly and forwards the recommendations and information gathered at its meetings to the Board of Education for final action.

Executive Committee Members

Board of Education Chair Eva-Marie MancusoEva-Marie Mancuso is Managing Partner with the law firm of Hamel, Waxler, Allen and Collins. Before joining the firm, Mancuso served as Assistant Attorney General for Rhode Island and, prior to that, Assistant District Attorney for Bristol County, MA. She also has served as Adjunct Professor at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) and as Faculty Advisor to the National College of District Attorneys.

Mancuso earned a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island (URI) and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, where she was Student Bar Association President and earned the Outstanding Graduate Award for Public Service.

Mancuso is a member of the R.I. Bar Association and the Women's Bar Association, is a former Vice-President of the URI Alumni Association, and served as a CCRI Foundation Trustee. She was the R.I. Representative to the National Lawyers/Teacher Partnership and is currently a Civil Trial Specialist with the National Board of Trial Advocacy. 

Mancuso has been honored as the R.I. Business and Professional "Woman of the Year," is a recipient of the South County "Business Woman of Achievement" Award, and received the "Outstanding Service Award" from the URI Alumni Association.

As a member of the Board of Governors for Higher Education from 2011 to 2013, Mancuso Chaired the Government Relations Committee and served on the Facilities, Finance and Management, and Personnel Committees.

Deborah A. Gist is the Rhode Island Commissioner of Education. From the day of her arrival in Rhode Island four years ago, Deborah has pledged that every decision she makes will be in the best interest of Rhode Island students. 

Under her leadership, Rhode Island has won both a Race to the Top and a Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant, to help transform education across the state. Deborah has spearheaded a number of education initiatives in Rhode Island, including:

  • the first annual evaluations for all teachers and principals, 
  • accountability for schools based on student growth and closing achievement gaps, 
  • a statewide funding formula for education based on district capacity and student need, 
  • data systems to provide teachers with information at the student level and to provide the public with detailed information on school performance and education finance, and
  • innovation powered by technology to transform education at the classroom level.

Before coming to Rhode Island, Deborah served as the first State Superintendent of Education for the District of Columbia. 

She began her career in education 25 years ago as an elementary-school teacher in Fort Worth and, later, in Tampa, where she conceived, designed, and initiated a literacy program serving families in 108 elementary schools in Hillsborough County. 

Deborah holds a bachelor of science degree in early-childhood education from the University of Oklahoma, a master of arts in elementary education and curriculum from the University of South Florida, a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a doctoral degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania. 

In 2008, Deborah was a Broad Superintendents Academy Fellow. She serves on the executive committee of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), and she is a founding member of Chiefs for Change.

In 2010, Deborah was one of the Time 100, “the people who most affect our world,” and one of The Atlantic Brave Thinkers, whom the magazine recognizes for “the year’s most intrepid and original thinking.

In 2012, she was a winner of a Brian Bennett Education Warrior Award from Democrats for Education Reform.

Dr. David M. Dooley became the 11th president of the University of Rhode Island in July 2009. He joined the University with nearly 30 years of experience in public and private higher education.

Prior to joining the University, Dr. Dooley was the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Montana State, which was the school's second highest-ranking administrative position. There he played a central role in the development of the college's vision, values, and core messages, which emphasized excellence in scholarship, creative work, teaching, and engagement. Dr. Dooley brings to URI a collaborative leadership style that encourages entrepreneurial approaches to problem solving and program development.

Earlier at MSU, Dr. Dooley led the university's chemistry and biochemistry department and served as a chemistry professor. As provost, he also maintained an active laboratory with research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. He had been a central figure in attracting research dollars to Montana State, helping to grow that budget to $100 million during his tenure. MSU is now ranked among the top tier of research universities, as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. URI, which is ranked in the second tier, aspires to that goal.

Actively engaged in teaching and research throughout his academic career, Dr. Dooley began as an assistant professor of chemistry at Amherst College in Amherst, Mass. in 1978 and left in 1993 to chair the Montana State chemistry department. Six years later he became the interim, then full provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Dooley earned a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of California in San Diego and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Dr. Dooley's wife, Lynn Baker-Dooley, is a Baptist minister. The couple has two adult children, Chris and Samantha, and a dog named Rhody.

"My leadership philosophy and style emphasize collaboration as the primary mechanism to foster both innovation and mutual accountability. I actively encourage and reward decentralized, entrepreneurial approaches to problem solving and program development."-- President David M. Dooley

A graduate of the State College of New York at Brockport (BA and MS) and the State University of New York at Buffalo(Ph.D.) as well as a participant in the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Dr. Carriuolo was named the ninth president of Rhode Island College (RIC) in 2008. 

She has wide-ranging experience in higher education at the Rhode Island Office of Higher Education (RIOHE), the Office of School/College Relations at the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Haven, and the junior- and senior-high school levels. 

She is also a member of other RI-based boards:  Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, CrossroadsRI, the Providence Foundation, the Vets (auditorium) Foundation and the Tech Collective as well as four education-related organizations, including the NEASC.  Dr. Carriuolo is the author of more than 30 publications with regional, national or international audiences.

Ray Di Pasquale began serving his first term as president of the Community College of Rhode Island on July 1, 2006, following his selection by the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education.

In conjunction with his role as president of the Community College of Rhode Island, in January 2010, Mr. Di Pasquale assumed a dual role when he was named commissioner of higher education for the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education, which became the Rhode Island Board of Education in January 2013.

Since Mr. Di Pasquale arrived at CCRI, the college has enjoyed near-record enrollments and had its largest graduating class ever in May 2012. CCRI is the largest community college in New England, serving nearly 18,000 students, and its noncredit arm trains more than 30,000 Rhode Islanders annually, making it an important cog in the state’s workforce development efforts.

Under Mr. Di Pasquale’s direction, the college has added numerous programs and courses, instituted energy cost-saving projects, expanded career pathway programs, been the recipient of numerous federal grants and focused on adult learners. He has participated in a number of public forums, including the Providence Journal’s “Publick Occurrences” series on reinventing Rhode Island and the Providence Business News’ forum on employers and education. As part of the Governor’s Workforce Board, he has been an instrumental voice in the state’s economic recovery plans. He also spearheaded the college’s first capital campaign, which raised more than $5 million toward improvements to the library, dental lab and theater.

Prior to coming to Rhode Island, Mr. Di Pasquale was vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at the State University of New York’s SUNY College at Brockport in Brockport, NY. He served in this capacity from 1998 to 2006. He also served in a number of leadership positions at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) in Springfield, Mass., from 1979 to 1998. He began his career in higher education at Middlesex Community College, where he served from 1974 to 1979.

Mr. Di Pasquale holds a master’s degree from Northeastern University in Boston and a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas Tech University. He has taught management, marketing and government courses at STCC and management and marketing at the University of New Hampshire.  

His community and professional associations include the following: leadership positions with the Task Force on the Education of Children and Youth in the Care of the Department of Children, Youth and Families; the Special Legislative Commission on Defense Economy Planning, the Governor’s Workforce Board Executive Committee; chair of the Governor’s Workforce Board Adult Education and Literacy Committee; the Governor’s Workforce Board Youth Development Committee; the Governor’s Workforce Board Career Pathways System Task Force; the Governor’s PK-12 Council; the State Higher Education Executive Officers; the Rhode Island Campus Compact Executive Committee; the Met School Board; and he is a member of the Governor’s Cabinet; the Rhode Island Economic Policy Council and the Governor’s Economic Development Planning Committee; the College Board Regional Community College Advisory Committee; the Board of Directors for the Newport Chamber of Commerce; the National Association of System Heads and is a Kent Hospital Incorporator. 


Commissioner of Higher Education

 The Position

The Commissioner of Higher Education is the chief executive officer of the Board of Education for matters pertaining to higher education.  The Commissioner is also the chief administrative officer of the Office of Higher Education, and functions as the point of contact between the executive and legislative branches and the three institutions of higher learning.  For additional information, refer to the legislative power and authority in R.I. Gen. Laws 16-59-6.

The Organization

The Board of Education was established through legislation on January 1, 2013, and is responsible for governing the state’s public elementary and secondary education system and the postsecondary education system which includes three state institutions of higher education: the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and the Community College of Rhode Island.  Each higher education institution is headed by a president who is the chief administrative and executive officer of that institution.

The Board consists of eleven public members chosen by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate.  The Board of Education is the chief policy-setting body overseeing K-20 education in Rhode Island. Through its designated powers and duties, the Board helps shape the course of public education to ensure that all of the state's students receive the best possible education.  Pertaining to higher education, the Board adopts relevant policies for the public institutions of higher education, serves as the governance board for the institutions, fosters cooperation with the independent institutions of higher education, regulates the proprietary schools, and advances the cohesiveness and interdependency of the system of higher education. 

As of this date, the Governor has submitted legislation to the General Assembly to expand the Board to 15 members, and calls for each Board member to also serve on one of two councils, a Council on Elementary and Secondary Education and a Council on Postsecondary Education, addressing specific governance and regulatory issues for the Pre K – 12 system and higher education system respectively.  The Governor also called for the establishment of an Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner to support the Commissioner, the Council on Postsecondary Education and the Board in their work on higher education policy and governance.  The successful candidate will work with the Board, the Governor’s administration and the General Assembly to determine the most effective and efficient size and scope for this office.

For more details, including the position profile and a list of board members, visit the RIBGHE web site: www.ribghe.org.

Candidate Profile 

The Board seeks a visionary leader with a track record of proven performance.  The successful candidate must have a minimum of an earned doctorate from an accredited institution, and/or significant experience in higher education, preferably including senior administrative leadership experience at the systems level.  They must also have a forward-looking vision for a public higher education system; be a person of high integrity; and should have excellent interpersonal, motivational, and communication skills.  In addition, the next commissioner should have:

-Successful experience working with a governing board.

- Knowledge and experience in linking business, education, and government for the purposes  of economic development and workforce training.

-Ability to serve as an articulate, forceful advocate for the system of public higher education to state and federal governmental agencies and the community at large.

-Ability to solve problems through consensus building.

-Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusiveness, and to closing achievement gaps for underrepresented populations.

-Commitment to engaging resources to promote the state’s economic and social well-being through research, graduate education, policy development, public service, and continuing education.

-Successful record of promoting partnerships and building coalitions with other higher education institutions, public schools, the business community and organized labor.

-Knowledge of the use and implementation of technology to support academic and administrative applications.

-Demonstrated skills in resource development, financial management, and facilities development, including oversight of capital projects.

-Skill at team building, strategic planning, and enhancing program quality and institutional effectiveness through use of information and institutional research.

-A decision-making style that is decisive and collaborative, effective at labor relations in a collective bargaining environment, while empowering others.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation for the position will be in the range of $135,000 - $175,000 plus an excellent comprehensive benefits package.  The final salary for the successful candidate will be based on experience, qualifications and Board criteria.

Application Process

Candidates should submit a letter of application, resume, and the names and contact information for three current professional references.  Applications will be accepted through March 31.  Please submit materials to the following address:

Clark Greene

Office of Higher Education

Shepard Building

80 Washington Street

Providence, RI, 02903

Or submit materials via email to: cgreene@ribghe.org

If you have any questions, please contact Clark Greene at 401-456-6000.

The Board of Education is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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