University Leadership


Administrative Officers

URI President David Dooley

President

Dr. David M. Dooley became the 11th president of the University of Rhode Island in July 2009. Sixteen years as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Montana State University have well prepared this chemistry researcher to lead the University toward an elevated global presence as a preeminent research institution. He continues his work in the chemistry lab, is a regular wherever students are, and is transforming the future of the University.
 
 

Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Donald H. DeHayes came to the University in December 2007 from the University of Vermont, where he raised more than $34 million in private funds as dean of The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. That experience has transferred beautifully to URI, where he provides leadership, strategic financial management, planning, inspiration and innovation for the University’s intellectual enterprise. One of Provost DeHayes’ most important accomplishments at URI has been the development of a transformative Academic Plan, which sets strategic direction and critical goals towards superlative learning and discovery at URI.
 
 

Peter Snyder Vice President for Research and Economic Development

Vice President for Research & Economic Development

Dr. Peter J. Snyder joined the University of Rhode Island in March 2018. A distinguished professor and neuroscience researcher, Dr. Snyder serves as the University’s chief research officer and as chair of the board of the URI Research Foundation. He works closely with the provost and fellow members of the President’s Leadership Team to ensure the integration of research, scholarship and creative work with other components of the University’s academic mission.
 
 

Abigail Rider, Vice President for Administration and Finance

Vice President for Administration and Finance

Abigail Rider arrived at URI in March 2017.  Formerly assistant vice chancellor for planning and real estate at the University of California, Merced, she serves in a leadership role in the establishment of fiscal policy for the University and integrates business affairs functions to achieve a level of efficiency and effectiveness that supports the overall mission and goals of the University. Other areas and departments under her supervision are budget and financial planning, Controller’s Office, W. Alton Jones Campus, Ryan Center and the Boss Arena.
 
 

Kathy Collins, Vice President for Student Affairs

Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Kathy M. Collins joined the University in July 2016. Before coming to URI, she was the director of residence education and housing services at Michigan State University.  Dr. Collins supervises the office of Student Life/Dean of Students, Memorial Union and Student Activities, Counseling Center, Housing and Residential Life, University Bookstore, Dining and Retail Food Services, Student Health Services, Campus Recreation, Special Programs in Talent Development and Conferences and Special Program Development and she serves as the primary spokesperson for the president on matters pertaining to the social and academic needs of students.
 
 

Naomi Thompson, Associate Vice President for the Office of Community, Equity and Diversity

Associate Vice President for Community, Equity and Diversity

Naomi R. Thompson oversees the Office of Community, Equity and Diversity, serves as a member of the president’s executive team, and leads efforts to integrate diversity, equity and community into the University’s core mission, vision, and strategy. Her office includes the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, Multicultural Center, Women’s Center, and the LGBTQ Center. Prior to joining the University in August 2012, Thompson was associate director of Northeastern’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, where she has also served as the Title IX and Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator. Thompson earned her law degree from Suffolk University and her bachelor of arts in philosophy and religion from Colgate University. She was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in January 1992 and the U.S. District Court in 1993.
 
 

Mission

The University of Rhode Island is the State’s public learner-centered research university. We are a community joined in a common quest for knowledge. The University is committed to enriching the lives of its students through its land, sea, and urban grant traditions. URI is the only public institution in Rhode Island offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students the distinctive educational opportunities of a major research university. Our undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, research, and outreach serve Rhode Island and beyond. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are united in one common purpose: to learn and lead together. Embracing Rhode Island ’s heritage of independent thought, we value:

  • Creativity and scholarship
  • Diversity, fairness, and respect
  • Engaged learning and civic involvement
  • Intellectual and ethical leadership

Endorsed by the URI Faculty Senate on Oct. 20, 2005. Approved by the President Nov. 1, 2005. Approved by the Board of Governors for Higher Education on Jan. 23, 2006.