WHAT: The University of Rhode Island will mark a significant moment in its 130-year history when it celebrates the inauguration of Marc B. Parlange as the University’s 12th president on Thursday, Sept. 22, on the University’s Kingston Campus. The ceremonial event will include dignitaries from across Rhode Island and New England and will feature student performances. Parlange joined URI as president in August 2021 after serving as provost of Monash University, Australia’s largest research university. Over his 30-year professional higher education career, Parlange has held academic leadership, research, and faculty positions at several prestigious institutions, including Monash; the University of British Columbia; the Swiss public research institute École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne; Johns Hopkins University; and the University of California, Davis. Parlange was born in Providence, Rhode Island.
WHO: Daniel J. McKee, governor; Margo L. Cook, chair of the URI Board of Trustees; Marc B. Parlange, 12th president of the University; Atsa Sah, member of the Narragansett Indian Tribe; Michael A. Rice, chair of the Faculty Senate; Grace Kiernan, president of the Student Senate; Thomas M. Ryan, Board of Trustees member; Laura L. Beauvais, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs; presidents and officials from other universities and colleges; elected officials and other community leaders; URI alumni, students, faculty, and staff.
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 22, 3 p.m.
WHERE: Edwards Hall, 64 Upper College Road, Kingston, Rhode Island; parking is available in the Briar Lane Lot (Lot 1) behind the Higgins Welcome Center. Please use 75 Briar Lane, Kingston, RI 02881 in your GPS.
TO COVER THE EVENT: Members of the media must let the University know in advance if they are attending so accommodations can be made for parking and for cameras and seating for reporters. Please contact Dave Lavallee, URI Communications and Marketing, no later than Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. Reach him at 401-874-5862; cell, 401-465-4291; or firstname.lastname@example.org.