“The Community College of Rhode Island is a unique educational institution. One that has over the years captured the imagination of people of all ages, interests and career objectives, and motivated them to pursue their educational objectives and realize their career goals. I am thrilled and honored to have had a long but minor association with this institution, and the marvelous people who have made it so successful.”
Domenic R. DiLuglio was a champion of the Community College of Rhode Island from its inception in 1964. A longtime friend and colleague of the college’s founding president, Dr. William F. Flanagan, the two developed a close relationship when they both served as assistant principals in the Warwick school system. They maintained ties through the years as Flanagan moved on to eventually become president of the Rhode Island Junior College. DiLuglio moved ahead to become superintendent of schools. DiLuglio’s support of the college was always strong. He played a critical role in the growth of the college by serving as the first president of CCRI Foundation, which was established through an act of the Rhode Island General Assembly in 1979.
The list of Dr. DiLuglio’s professional, educational and charitable achievements is as long as it is diverse. A member of the “All Rhode Island Football Team” of 1937, DiLuglio was drafted by the Detroit Lions football team in 1941. As a United States Marine Corps Major in World War II, he earned two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts and the Presidential Unit Citation for Service. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education from Rhode Island College, completed all course work for a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut and received a Doctor of Public Education degree from the University of Rhode Island, and a Doctor of Science degree from the New England Institute of Technology.
DiLuglio dedicated his professional life in support of education in Rhode Island. He served as vice president of Lockwood Junior High School, principal of Gorton Junior High School, and assistant superintendent of Warwick public schools. He also held the position of special assistant to the president of New England Institute of Technology.