A message from President Ray Di Pasquale

Dec. 7, 2009

CCRI President Ray M. Di Pasquale

As you may have heard today, I have declined the offer to become the president of Suffolk County Community College in Long Island, N.Y. Although this was an outstanding opportunity, I felt that, while we have accomplished a great deal together since I arrived at CCRI in December 2006, there is still much more work ahead. I have enjoyed the relationships I have established throughout the college and the community and I now call Rhode Island home.
At tonight’s meeting of the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education, a motion will be introduced that calls for me to assume the duties of acting commissioner of higher education for the state of Rhode Island in addition to my duties as president of the college. This is an overwhelming honor and responsibility for me and I look forward to the challenges ahead.  
I want to thank you for all of your kind words, e-mails and letters that weighed very heavily in my decision to stay at CCRI. Having such overwhelming support warmed my heart and greatly influenced my decision in remaining a member of “Team CCRI.”  I look forward to continuing the outstanding progress we have made over the past several years. 
Once again, thank you. This was a very difficult decision and I now look forward to continuing to grow our college and state and exceeding the expectations of our students.

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