RIC President Nominated for Economic Development Corporation Board

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has nominated five people, including Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriuolo, to serve on the board of directors for the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC). Other nominees are Shannon Brawley, Roland Fiore, Jason Kelly and George Nee.

"These nominees reflect my commitment to changing the focus and priorities of the EDC," Chafee stated in a news release. "We are going to do all we can to help existing Rhode Island businesses – many of them small businesses – succeed and grow. And we are going to continue to improve our economy by building upon Rhode Island's strengths and assets and investing in the fundamentals, such as education. These nominees bring with them valuable experience in a number of our state's key industries. This is a new direction for the RIEDC and, I believe, a more promising path to a stronger economy for Rhode Island."

Carriuolo said she was honored to be nominated to serve on the board. “As the president of the state’s first public institution of higher education, I look forward to bringing my experience and that of Rhode Island College to this vital economic entity. Rhode Island College provides professional development for CEOs as well as customized job-training programs, hands-on counseling, technical help, and management assistance to businesses. The college also plays a role in the cultural, social, and educational revitalization of state. In this critical time in our state’s history, I look forward to contributing to RI’s future economic successes.’

Chafee said the nominees represent some of the state’s key industries, “as well as the necessary foundation for a strong economy – education.”

In the release, Chafee says of Carriuolo:

Dr. Nancy Carriuolo was named the ninth president of Rhode Island College (RIC) on May 12, 2008 by the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education.

During 2007-2008, Carriuolo served as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs at RIC, overseeing the management of academic activities and programs for the college, while maintaining her duties as Deputy Commissioner and Chief Academic Officer at the Rhode Island Office of Higher Education (RIOHE). Carriuolo was promoted to that position in 2006 after serving since 2000 as Associate Commissioner for Academic and Student Affairs.

Carriuolo has wide-ranging experience in higher education. She served as the director of the Office of School/College Relations at the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and, immediately prior to joining the Office of Higher Education, served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Haven, where she became a tenured full professor of English in 1987. She also has experience as a junior- and senior-high school teacher and department chair.

Carriuolo has worked with a number of regional, national and international higher education and business organizations as a consultant, is affiliated with several professional associations, and is a past president of the National Association for Developmental Education. She was also the founding statewide leader of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Council on Education's network of women leaders in higher education. She has served on the board of New England Dollars for Scholars and on the executive committee of the statewide Campus Compact and is currently a member of the boards of the Tech Collective as well as the Association for Authentic and Evidence-based Learning (AAEEBL). She also serves on the board of the foundation of the Veterans Auditorium (the Vets) and was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Crossroads Rhode Island. In addition, Carriuolo is vice-chair elect of the presidents council of the Little East, on the review board for the Journal of College Reading and Learning (JCRL), and has been newly elected to the Board of Trustees for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and to the Board of Trustees for the Providence Foundation

Carriuolo earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the State College of New York at Brockport and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo; she also attended the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, where she completed post-doctoral studies in organizational behavior and management, fundraising, and negotiation. She is the author of more than 30 publications with regional, national or international audiences.