Celebrating the Presidency of
Robert L. Carothers, 1991-2009
The year was 1991. Rhode Island was in the midst of a major fiscal crisis. On campus, roofs leaked, residence halls and buildings suffered the effects of years of deferred maintenance and there was little opportunity for scholarships to attract top students. The University had developed a solid reputation as the nation's number one party school, and there was a tremendous sense of cynicism.
This is where President Carothers began the makeover to improve the University's structure, infrastructure, and curriculum. He walked onto campus with a whole new vision, language, and leadership approach.
Click on a date below to show or hide the events that took place during that year.
Dr. Robert L. Carothers named URI's 10th president
Set the tone for his leadership style -- cancelled inauguration celebrations due to budget
Mackal Field House, the $8.3 million recreational facility dedicated.
Whispering Pines Conference Center, Sycamore Lodge construction begins at W. Alton Jones Campus
Social Sciences Research Center, home of the internationally known Cancer Prevention Research Center
Center for Atmospheric Chemistry, Narragansett Bay Campus
President Carothers Arrives - Atmospheric Chemistry - CPRC
Centennial - Research University - Black Student Leadership
Library Expansion - Residential Life - Independence II
Capital Campaign - Memorial Union
Centennial Scholars - Alcohol Policy - Kirk Engineering Expansion
Partnership Program - Football Forfeit - Shepard Building
Campaign Finale - Leadership Appointment - Student Leadership Development
Ocean Technology Center - Elite 8 - Multicultural Center
Contract Renewal - Diversity Convention - Nonviolence and Peace Studies
Freshman Village - Master Plan - Social Science Research Center
New Traditions - Smoke-free Initiative - Coastal Institute
New Openings - Ryan Center - Freshman Village
Biotech Begins - Back to Business in Ballentine - Green Hall Restored
Leadership - Aquaculture Center - Voter Support
College with a Conscience - Alumni Center - ZBT
Brand Initiative - Voter Support: Pharmacy
Hope Commons - Safety Award - Carbon Footprint
Lifetime Achievement - Explosives - Lippitt Hall
43,000 degrees conferred - Biotechnology and Life Sciences - Pharmacy