University Leadership

Administrative Officers


President Marc Parlange

Marc B. Parlange became the 12th president of the University of Rhode Island on August 1, 2021. President Parlange comes to URI from Monash University, Australia’s largest research university and one of the world’s top 100 universities for excellence in research and teaching. As provost and senior vice president at Monash, Parlange expanded the institution’s global relationships and helped to spur ambitious projects in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI) and data science, new-generation building construction, and sustainability. He intends to extend and amplify URI’s presence on a global scale through collaboration both on the University’s campuses and with other institutions of higher learning the world over.

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Laura L. Beauvais is the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for the University of Rhode Island. She is a Professor of Management in the URI College of Business and an adjunct faculty member of the Schmidt Labor Research Center. She received her Ph.D. degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee in 1987. She has taught at the undergraduate, MBA, and doctoral levels. Her recent research has explored the study of ethics education within business schools. In the past, her published research included the study of how employees manage work, family, and other non-work roles; self-concept-based motivation; union and organizational commitment; and organizational culture and change. From 2009-2019, she was Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, where she served as liaison between faculty and the Office of the Provost in curricular issues, faculty development, online learning, student learning outcomes assessment, online learning, and international programs.

Vice President for Research and Economic Development

Peter Snyder Vice President for Research and Economic Development

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.

Vice President for Administration and Finance

Abigail Rider, 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.

Vice President for Student Affairs

Kathy Collins, Vice President for Student Affairs

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.

Board of Trustees

The University is governed by a 17 member board of trustees. The board is a public body that appoints the president and is responsible for establishing performance goals for the University, its buildings, employees, property, and approving the budget.


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.