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Commencement Speaker 2014
Inaugural poet Richard Blanco to deliver URI's undergraduate commencement address
Providence Journal, March 18, 2014

LGBTQ Symposium
Nation's first openly gay bishop calls for acceptance of all sexual orientations in URI address, Providence Journal, February 10, 2014

URI picked for Obama Latin America study initiative
"The selection of the University of Rhode Island to participate in this presidential initiative is a tribute to the hard work of our faculty and staff in the colleges of Arts and Sciences and Engineering in truly making our International Engineering Program a global leader," David M. Dooley, URI president. Providence Journal, January 17, 2014

Narragansett Town Council
Community Meeting Narragansett Town Council meets with Dooley regarding partnership with town, Narragansett Times, February 5, 2014

URI panel offers efficiency recommendations
Providence Journal, December 29, 2013
A news report about the findings of URI's Administration and Academic Review Committee (AMRC), which was established by President Dooley in 2012.

URI President David Dooley says Small Business Development Center can benefit school, state
Providence Journal, December 20, 2013
President Dooley discusses the value in bringing the Small Business Development Center to URI and leveraging all the research capabilities and talent at the university to help small businesses statewide.

Five Questions With: David M. Dooley
Providence Business News, December 2, 2013
President Dooley discussed how the $15 million gift from former CVS Caremark CEO Thomas M. Ryan and his wife, Cathy, will be used to establish the George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience at URI.

How URI can boost the Rhode Island economy
Executive Suite, WPRI TV, September 15, 2013
President David M. Dooley was the show's featured guest where he discussed the University's new Business Engagement Center, its impact on the economy, and the effect of deep cuts in state funding.

URI Opens New Door to Business
President David M. Dooley spoke at the well-attended launch of the University's new Business Engagement Center. The event was covered by members of the regional media and featured on the front page of the Providence Journal on Sept. 6., with the headline "Schooled in Business."  The Providence Business NewsWPRI Channel 12, WJAR Channel 10 (a brief piece at 5 p.m. and full coverage at 6 and 7 p.m.) and other broadcast media featured the event and described the new services available to businesses. The new Center's mission is to enhance industry competitiveness, create jobs, conduct mutually beneficial research, and create a highly trained workforce. Read the URI news release about the Center with remarks by speakers at the event or visit the Business Engagement Center website. Continued news coverage about the Center's launch included the South County Independent and a follow-up piece in Providence Business News.

10 News Conference, Feb 24, 2013. In their first joint interview, URI President David Dooley and Brown University President Christina Paxson talked about collaboration, and expressed their concern about the possible effects of sequestration. The 10 News ...

URI Engages Rhode Island Businesses
Buddy Cianci Show, September 5, 2013
President David M. Dooley discussed the new Business Engagement Center and the new year with Buddy Cianci.

URI's Dooley points to U.S.-China education gap
Providence Journal, January 1, 2013
President Dooley discusses his travels to China and his efforts to strengthen URI's ties to the world's emerging superpower.

URI's grand plan to start with business center
Providence Journal, December 30, 2012
President Dooley describes how the university will help Rhode Island businesses find interns, expertise, research

Opinion: Maintain R.I.'s investment in research
Providence Journal, December 28, 2012
President David M. Dooley and Brown University President Christina H. Paxson write about the economic impact of higher education in Rhode Island and nationwide.

URI president to visit White House for talks on innovation and entrepreneurship in education
Providence Journal, October 1, 2012
President Dooley was invited to a program at the White House to discuss innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education. He was one of 190 university chancellors, presidents, industry leaders and entrepreneurial executives invited to attend.

URI to review all departments in bid to find places to cut costs
Providence Journal, September 24, 2012
The University embarks on a review of all its departments, administrative and academic, to identify areas where it can reduce costs.

URI's Alton Jones Campus turns 50
Providence Journal, September 24, 2012
The celebration of the 50th anniversary of the W. Alton Jones Campus this year has included a wide range of activities, from nature walks and reunions to the publication of a book and a formal rededication event with public officials.

New home for pharmacy students
Providence Journal, September 5, 2012
The University unveiled the latest jewel in its science campus crown, a $75-million, five-story pharmacy building that is not only technologically advanced but environmentally sensitive.

URI picks Northeastern administrator as diversity chief
Providence Journal, August 16, 2012
President Dooley appointed Naomi R. Thompson, JD, as the University's Assoc. VP Community, Equity and Diversity. This announcement appeared in the Bay State Banner, Providence Business News, among others.

URI president Dr. Dave Dooley discusses Penn State
Dan Yorke Show, WPRO, July 31, 2012
President Dooley spoke at length about Penn State and the NCAA program goals and culture. He also spoke about the University's approach and policies in place here.

URI receives $14 million health care grant
Press Conference, July 23, 2012
It was standing-room only at a press conference where President Dooley announced a $14 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had been awarded to Associate Research Professor Elaina Goldstein for a project that will improve care and lower costs for cognitively challenged adults with chronic diseases.  In attendance were most of the state's leading lawmakers, as well as almost all of the news media that cover Rhode Island.  Among those reporting on the story at the event were Channel 10, Channel 12, WRNI radio, Providence Business News, Warwick BeaconNew England Cable News, and the Associated Press, whose story appeared in dozens of media outlets from the Boston Globe to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Dooley: Low state aid driving up tuition
Providence Journal, March 27, 2012
Article covering the President's remarks about issues that are fundamental to the work of the university, the future of students and the economic well being of the State of Rhode Island.

Providence Journal, March 27, 2012
Article covering the President's remarks about issues that are fundamental to the work of the university, the future of students and the economic well being of the State of Rhode Island.

URI president named to Homeland Security panel
Providence Journal, March 5, 2012
Announcement that President Dooley was apppointed by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council. This news was carried by publications nationwide. URI release.

Appointment to National Security Panel
Providence Business News, March 5, 2012
Announcement that President Dooley was apppointed by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council.URI release.

Support for Nursing Center in Providence
Providence Business News, February 27, 2012
President Dooley speaks about the needed partnership for nursing and the critical economic and healthcare need for nurses.

WPRO's Dan Yorke
February 3, 2012
Yorke speaks at length with President Dooley about many aspects of the University.

Retirement of Vice President Robert M. Beagle
South County Independent, February 2, 2012; Providence Journal, February 5, 2012
News reports related to the retirement of Vice President Robert M. Beagle.

Vote on URI retirement plan delayed
Providence Journal, January 21, 2012
The University had hoped to move forward before the end of January with its retirement incentive, designed by President David M. Dooley both to save money and to realign vacant positions to emphasize URI's research mission and advance a global perspective on education. URI cannot move forward without a green light from the board.

URI longest-serving VP to retire
Providence Business News, January 20, 2012
Robert M. Beagle, vice president for advancement at the University of Rhode Island, will retire June 30 after nearly 21 years of service, URI President David M. Dooley announced Thursday.

Retirement Incentive Plan
South County Independent, January 12, 2012
The Board of Governors for Higher Education and URI President David M. Dooley continue to gather information from stakeholders before the board votes on the proposal.

Studies seek to rein in public college tuitions
Providence Journal, January 10, 2012
Article describes challenges faced and the retirement incentive proposal made by President Dooley as one way that might "stabilize" tuition increases.

Pension Reform
Providence Journal, November 8, 2011
President David Dooley and his Presidential colleagues from Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island submitted an opinion piece to the Providence Journal about pension reform in Rhode Island. Linked above is a .pdf version of the news item.

Providence Journal, April 13, 2011
President David M. Dooley told a subcommittee of the House Finance Committee that even with the $10-million Governor Chafee has proposed for public higher education, URI will need to increase its tuition 8.5 percent.

Providence Journal, March 23, 2011
In this opinion piece URI's David M. Dooley and Brown's Ruth J. Simmons, describe lessons learned from their trip with Gov. Lincoln Chafee to the Texas Medical Center in Houston. The presidents say "R.I. has opportunity on a Texas scale," and that our state "...has the requisite independence, innovation and determination to make something transformational happen."

Chronicle of Higher Education, March 7, 2011
The University was featured prominently in a front page article by the Chronicle of Higher Education that examined the climate for LGBTQ students at college campuses nationwide. President Dooley, students and administrators agreed to discuss the progress and challenges faced by gay students at URI.

Houston Trip, February 22, 2011
President Dooley's trip to Houston with Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Brown University President Ruth Simmons and other dignitaries to tour Houston's renowned medical hub as a possible model for Rhode Island was covered by local media. Channel 10 (WLNE), sent a crew to cover the story from Houston and carried several news items about the visit. Coverage of the trip also appeared in the  Providence Journal, GoLocalProv, and Gov Monitor.

February 2011. President David Dooley has been outspoken regarding several hate-related incidents that have occurred on the Kingston campus. He sent an email message to the University community, "Community-Civility and Respect,"  and has spoken with the Providence Journal, WRNI radio, Channel 12 and 10.

A year later, URI's Dooley finds some problems, greater opportunities
Warwick Beacon, October 12, 2010
Editor John Howell wrote about President Dooley and his speech at the Warwick Rotary Club, capturing the President's thoughts about his first year in Rhode Island.

Dooley sounds themes of hope in inaugural address
South County Independent, April 15, 2010
Harnessing hope and confronting reality to create a new future were running themes in David M. Dooley's inauguration as the eleventh president of University of Rhode Island...

URI holds inauguration for Dooley
Narragansett Times, April 13, 2010
Coverage of the formal inauguration ceremony, including comments from most of the speakers at the event.

Inauguration - Broadcast News
April 8-9, 2010
All local broadcast media carried reports several times about President Dooley's inauguration. This was in addition to the interview earlier this week with Gene Valicenti on Channel 10. This weekend, the president will also be seen on the ABC 6 news "On the Record" show this weekend.

URI's Dooley sees advantages of 'Only in Rhode Island'
Warwick Beacon, Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Warwick Beacon publisher John Howell shares his views of President Dooley's inaugural messages and his vision for the University's future.

URI president assails pessimism
Providence Journal, Friday, April 9, 2010
David M. Dooley was formally installed Thursday as the 11th president of Rhode Island's flagship university in a two-hour pageant of music, poetry, benediction and speeches that celebrated learning and tradition...

Laurie White, Opinion: URI can help drive innovation and enterprise
Providence Journal, Tuesday, April 13, 2010
President of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and URI graduate, Laurie White, writes about the role of President Dooley and the University in helping to fuel economic development in Rhode Island.

President formally inaugurated, speaks of future
Good Five Cent Cigar, Friday, April 9, 2010
The University's student newspaper covered the inauguration and related events.

Across the USA News from every state
USA Today, Friday, April 9, 2010
The Inauguration was the news from Rhode Island in publication's daily news round up.

The Associated Press article, written by Michelle Smith who attended the inauguration, was carried by many publications and news outlets in print, broadcast and online. Some of these include the Boston Globe, Connecticut Post, New York Newsday as well as the Newport Daily News, Westerly Sun, among others.

Dooley Noted
"URI President David M. Dooley Encisions the University Shaping the State's Future"
Newport Mercury, April 7-10, 2010
Cover story in this weekly publication featured a Q & A with President Dooley.

Dooley sets expansive agenda for URI
Providence Business News, Thursday, April 8, 2010
Article reported on some of the comments made by President Dooley during his inaugural address.

Update: Dooley installed as URI's 11th president
Projo 7 to 7 News Blog, Thursday, April 8, 2010
Blog post by G. Wayne Miller provided readers with the first report of the presidential inauguration ceremony.

WJAR Turn to, April 6, 2010
The University of Rhode Island will inaugurate its new president this week. Dr. David Dooley will stress diversity and acceptance as a theme of his inauguration. President Dooley spoke with NBC 10's Gene Valicenti.

Dooley puts stamp on URI (pdf)
Providence Business News, April 5-10, 2010
Feature article about various aspects of the new leadership and direction at the University with President David M. Dooley.

Professors talk of research that elevates URI in the world
Providence Journal, Tuesday, April 8, 2010
Coverage of the academic symposia that were held in honor of President Dooley.

Public invited to events marking inauguration of new URI president
Providence Journal, Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Article described in detail the two days of privately funded ceremonies and academic lectures and discussions planned to celebrate the university.

New URI president to celebrate life of mind
Providence Journal, Sunday April 4, 2010
Front page full feature about President David M. Dooley, plans for his inauguartion and his overall approach as president. "...He is determined to celebrate a life of the mind, whereby the arts, the humanities and the sciences are all valued."

University of Rhode Island president's choice of speaker resonates, stirs debates
Providence Journal, April 2, 2010
President David M. Dooley's selection of a Christian minister to speak at his inauguration ceremony has generated discussion has triggered campus-wide discussion about the separation of church and state, tolerance and free speech - precisely the principles Dooley says he hopes will define the URI community.

Evangelical Speaker Brings Controversy to U. of Rhode Island President's Inauguration
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 30, 2010
President Dooley discusses his choice of Pastor Greg Boyd to give the keynote speech at his April 8 inauguration. The article includes comments by Boyd, several faculty and others. It also generated and includes some online feedback.

URI's Inauguration of President David M. Dooley
South County Independent, April 1, 2010
The inauguration was the subject of special reports including one about the guest speaker, the symposia series, and the poem written for the occasion by Professor Peter Covino.

EDITORIAL: Getting a new perspective
South County Independent, March 25, 2010
Editorial focuses on the new perspectives shared by President Dooley during a media breakfast earlier in March.

URI seeks to aid struggling companies
Providence Journal, March 11, 2010
URI's President Dooley has proposed a partnership between the university and a little-known program, Rhode Island Manufacturing Extension Serive, that helps struggling manufacturing businesses. The initiative will be the first of several public-private collaborations.

Editorial: Don't stop believing
Good Five Cent Cigar, March 11, 2010
Editorial/Opinion - Presents editor's take on economic renewal plans described by President Dooley at the URI Media Breakfast and in the press.

URI can lead recovery, Dooley says
South County Independent, March 11, 2010
Coverage from President Dooley's presentation at the URI Media Breakfast describes his plans to support the state's economic recovery.

Rhode Island's Economic Renewal
Providence Journal, March 10, 2010
Opinion - URI President David M. Dooley writes about his vision for the University's role in economic development. "Throughout the presidential- search process and during my time in Rhode Island so far, one thing has been repeatedly emphasized: The University of Rhode Island must take on an expanded and central role in the renewal of the Rhode Island economy."  This opinion piece also ran later in the Westerly Sun, South County Independent, Woonsocket Call, Newport Daily News, Pawtucket Times, and the Narragansett Times, among others.

This Side Up: Big sky thinking of URI's new president
Warwick Beacon, March 9, 2010
Following the Media Breakfast held at URI, Warwick Beacon Publisher John Howell shares his impressions of President Dooley's vision for URI and Rhode Island.

URI as 21st-century R&D, education leader
Providence Journal, March 6, 2010
At a media breakfast on March 5, President Dooley descrbed how he wants stronger ties with state, private sector.

Rethinking College Education
WRNI, February 16, 2010
President Dooley, Enrollment Management Vice Provost Dean Libutti and students are among those interviewed by WRNI Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison for their thoughts about the value of a college education in today's tough economic times.

Carcieri appoints board of R.I. Economic Development Corporation
Providence Journal, January 27, 2010
President David M. Dooley was appointed to the Economic Development Corporation board to help lead Rhode Island's economy out of the recession and into the next decade.

No Time to Lose
Rhode Island Monthly, January 1, 2010
A comprehensive profile of President Dooley based on an interview this fall on campus. Dooley shares his "sense of urgency" and how he wants to shape Rhode Island's future now. The reporter, Mary Grady, also spoke with Lynn Baker-Dooley and toured their new home.

IP creation and translation
Mass High Tech, November 18, 2009
In the article entitled, "URI president Dooley aims to boost IP creation and translation," President Dooley discussed his goals to improve education and to move the University's intellectual property to the marketplace.

10 News Conference: Special Assignment
Channel 10 News, November 2, 2009
President Dooley is joined by the presidents of Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island for a panel discussion on "Funding Higher Education"

The Future of URI
Providence Journal, Editorial, October 30, 2009
"The University of Rhode Island must find more ways of collaborating with other institutions in the region. Its very impressive new leader recognizes that."

New URI pres. making overtures to Brown
Brown Daily Herald, October 30, 2009
Just four months into his presidency at the University of Rhode Island, David Dooley has big plans for his school - plans he hopes will include Brown.

Dooley cites tough policies
South County Independent, October 30, 2009
President David Dooley told the Town Council he is open to toughening the school's disciplinary policy regarding the off-campus behavior of students. Dooley's comments were made during a work session between the Town Council and URI.

New URI president eyes partnership
Providence Business News, October 19, 2009
David M. Dooley, the new president at the University of Rhode Island, says he is eager to expand the state university's partnership with Brown University. Read the extensive front-page story in this week's issue.

URI tops $100 million 15 months early
Regional Media, October 18, 2009
The announcement of the University's Making a Difference campaign success, including a comment from President David Dooley, was carried by regional news outlets. Link to the Providence Journal, Oct. 18 and Providence Business News, Oct. 19 reports.

Town, URI officials, state reps hold meeting
The Narragansett Times, Oct. 16
President David Dooley met with area political leaders to discuss communication and planning for the future

President Dooley on WPRO with Buddy Cianci
630 WPRO AM, September 28, 10:30 a.m.
The new President of the University of Rhode Island joined Buddy in studio...Listen to the podcast.

URI Facing Possible Layoffs, Tuition Increase
WLNE TV September 24, 4:36 p.m.
The cost of higher education could be going up in Rhode Island, with possible job losses and tuition hikes for URI.

URI eyes layoffs, fees if state cuts $3.5M
Providence Business News - Sep 24, 2009
University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley is considering adding a mid-year student surcharge and says ..

President Dooley chats online with Providence Journal readers
Webchat September 16, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Find transcript online at

President Dooley on 630 WPRO with Dan Yorke
Aired September 10, 4 - 5 p.m.
Find podcast online at WPRO

President David Dooley on NESN

President David M. Dooley was interviewed by NESN reporter Heidi Watney during the Boston Red Sox game against the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 25, 2009. Dooley was asked about the University's Think Big Essay Contest and was joined by winner Ian Nunes, a student at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School..

"A scientist, Dooley seeks reasoned change at URI", Warwick Beacon- September 3
When citing what he likes about Rhode Island, David Dooley, the new president of the University of Rhode Island lists "community and relationships...

"A Conversation With New URI President David Dooley"
WRNI's Morning Edition - Aired Tuesday, September 1
University of Rhode Island President David Dooley speaks with WRNI education reporter Elisabeth Harrison about encouraging business development and the challenges of running a major research institution with less than 10% of its funding from the state.

"URI President Settles into Job"
The Providence Journal, Published Sunday, August 30
The University of Rhode Island's 11th president, David M. Dooley, is still moving into his new life, unpacking boxes at home, hanging favorite paintings in his Green Hall office and finding his way around the Kingston campus. Already, though, the new president is making changes, some of them significant, at the state's flagship research institution.

President Dooley appeared on WJAR's '10 News Conference'

Aired Sunday, 30 August 2009

"Dooley says research park still on table", South County Independent

Published Thursday, 27 August, 2009
University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley said this week that a research park proposed for the Kingston Campus is still under consideration. "The research park is an open question, not because of the question of where it should be – we are working that out in detail – but because of the question of how do you go about it in the current economic climate," Dooley told members of the South Kingstown... read more

"Kostrzewa: Dooley outlines his plan for URI" - Providence Journal

Published Sunday, 23 August, 2009
David Dooley, president of the University of Rhode Island, wants to make the school a top-tier research university. Robert Carothers, former president of ...

"URI lifts booze ban but vows 'zero tolerance' for trouble-makers" - Providence Journal

Published Friday, 21 August, 2009
Beer is returning to University of Rhode Island football games this season, but the days of drunken carousing in parking lots near Meade more

URI names David Dooley president Projo 7 to 7 News Blog — May 11, 2009 Nine of the board's 12 members were present for Monday night's vote, in a meeting at the Community College of Rhode Island's Knight campus, and they were unanimous in choosing Dooley.

David M. Dooley receives unanimous vote to be URI's next president The Providence Journal — May 12, 2009
David M. Dooley, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Montana State University, has been named the 11th president of the University of Rhode Island, the state's flagship research institution.

RI STAC / STAC News / David M. Dooley Appointed URI's 11th President

RI Science and Technology Advisory Council News — May 11, 2009
Dr. David Dooley, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT has been selected...

Board names David Dooley next URI president

WJAR - — May 11, 2009
A chemist from Montana State is picked to lead the University of Rhode Island.

Dooley named next URI president

Providence Business News — May 12, 2009
David M. Dooley, provost and vice president of academic affairs at Montana State University, will be the next president of the University of Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education last night named Dooley to replace Robert L. Carothers, who is stepping down June 30 after 18 years as URI's president.

MSU looks at losing its top two leaders

Bozeman Daily Chronicle — May. 13, 2009
Montana State University Provost Dave Dooley's hiring as the next president of the University of Rhode Island means MSU is about to lose both its No. 1 and No. 2 leaders.


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