A Big Shake Up in Rhode Island’s Higher Education System Is Coming

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Get ready for another higher education shakeup in Rhode Island.

Tim Del Giudice, President of the Council on Post-Secondary Education, informed the Governor Dan McKee that he is stepping down on March 31 after serving two three-year terms on the board.

In a letter to McKee on Thursday, DelGiudice wrote that the Community College of Rhode Island’s Rhode Island Promise scholarship, expanding workforce training programs, and hiring Shannon Gilkey as academic commissioner post-secondary education were among the board’s major accomplishments during his tenure.

He told McKee in January that he planned to step down, citing increased professional obligations (he is associate director of government relations at Raytheon): “As my professional demands increase almost daily, I must inform you that on March 31, 2022 , will be my last day as a council and school board member,” he wrote. “I hope my notification in January and again today has given you enough time to choose a new chair of the Council on Post-Secondary Education.”

The bigger picture: McKee now has an important decision to make before election season. The post-secondary chair is a role that goes under the radar, but this person will have a say in the search for a new president at Rhode Island College, given that Franck Sanchez plans to quit his job later this year.

Much has been said about former DelGiudice boss, retired U.S. Rep. Jacques Langevin, could be a candidate to succeed Sanchez as president, though the board should remove the requirement that the college president must have a Ph.D.

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