KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 29, 2003 -- University of Rhode Island President Robert L. Carothers is one of two recipients of the 2003 Robert M. Goodrich Distinguished Public Service Award. The annual awards were presented earlier this month during the 60th annual meeting of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC). The award is named after RIPECs first director Robert M. Goodrich, an advocate for improving state and local public service.
Carothers, along with the other recipient Jane F. Correia, director of Administration, Bristol Warren Regional School District, were chosen for the award by a 10-member selection committee.
Each summer, RIPEC, an independent, non-partisan voice and catalyst for effective, efficient and equitable government in Rhode Island, places a notice in The Providence Journal seeking nominees for the award. The selection committee bases its selection "on sustained superior performance or accomplishment, personal initiative, resourcefulness, diligence, ability to lead by example or persuasion and productivity."
John C. Warren, chair of the selection committee said: "Both of this years recipients represent the integrity, devotion and day-to-day commitment that too often goes unrecognized in the public sector."
Since Carothers became the 10th president of URI in 1991, he has initiated a series of changes to the Universitys structure, infrastructure, and curriculum.
During his tenure, the University has increased enrollment of the best and brightest students in the state and region, improved its physical campus environment, increased the diversity among students and faculty, and enhanced its levels of alumni, corporate, and state support. Today, the University is a $400 million enterprise that has undergone a massive overhaul, and operates under a master planning process that addresses and integrates the needs of today while preparing for the challenges of tomorrow.
"This is a wonderful honor, but it has been an even greater honor and privilege to be part of URI, an institution which for the past 111 years has been creating opportunity for the extraordinary, ordinary people of Rhode Island," President Carothers said upon receiving the award. "At URI we say that we are building a new culture for learning, one where learning is active, not passive; collaborative, not isolated or competitive; with high expectations of all the members of our learning community. That building project, like so many others, has gone exceedingly well."
The president said that he also accepted the award on behalf of all of his colleagues in public service.