URI President David Dooley announces his intent to retire in June 2021
KINGSTON, RI (WLNE) – University of Rhode Island President David Dooley announced Monday that he plans to retire in June of 2021.
Dooley is now serving his 11th year as President of the University. He’s also the University’s 11th president, according to a spokesperson.
“It is very difficult for me to express how much I have enjoyed and appreciated serving as your president for the past 11 years,” Dooley said in a statement. “No institution means, or has ever meant, more to me than the University of Rhode Island and its people.”
Here is President Dooley’s full letter that he sent out to the URI community on Monday:
I am writing to share my intent to retire in June 2021. It is very difficult for me to express how much I have enjoyed and appreciated serving as your president for the past eleven years. No institution means, or has ever meant, more to me than the University of Rhode Island and its people. Inspirational, creative, caring, welcoming, thoughtful, wise – these are just a few of the words that come to mind when I contemplate the diverse and supportive community here. URI, as it stands today, is the consequence of your vision, your tireless efforts, your talents and abilities, and your collective commitment to one another and to the mission of the University.
The University of Rhode Island is a global, student-centered research university, simultaneously devoted to the success of its students and to the impact of its scholarship, research, and service. URI cherishes the values of equity, inclusion, and community. Consequently, it will be difficult to leave this special place, but I am convinced that the time is right for me to step down and for the University to seek a new president.
Over the next year I will focus on doing all that I can to help sustain the momentum and growth of URI. My efforts will include assisting our new Board of Trustees, working with the URI Foundation and Alumni Engagement to sustain the tremendous progress of our comprehensive campaign, and facilitating a smooth transition for the next president of the University of Rhode Island. But my primary focus will be to work with all of you to guide URI through the current challenges of a global pandemic.
No one knows how or when this crisis will end, but I believe that I know you – the URI community – reasonably well. Consequently, I am confident the University of Rhode Island will emerge stronger, more resilient, more innovative, and prepared to lead in a new era for higher education.
The following quote (taken from “The Adventure of the Norwood Builder,” by Arthur Conan Doyle) best captures my feelings at this moment: “The work is its own reward”. The most rewarding time of my professional life has been that spent at the University of Rhode Island. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your president.