David M. Dooley, 2009-Present

Installed as the University’s 11th president in 2009, David M. Dooley is known for his collaborative leadership style and entrepreneurial approaches to problem solving. With his encouragement, the University partners with public and private sectors to help boost Rhode Island’s economic growth and recovery, something Dooley views as central to the University’s mission.

He has broadened approaches to teaching, research and service so that students have more opportunities for experiential hands-on learning in laboratories, fieldwork, and internships and more chances to work across academic disciplines and fields of study.

The president is committed to creating a community of inclusion at URI so that every member feels welcomed, supported, and valued and part of a larger campus community.

If our graduates are to succeed and lead in the 21st century world, with its wide diversity of cultures, lifestyles, beliefs, religions, political systems, and philosohies, we must help them develop the ability to communicate, understand, and engage productively with people very different from themselves.

David M. Dooley
Transformation Goals for the 21st Century