Gary Sasse named Distinguished Visiting Professor

Gary Sasse
Gary Sasse, who served as executive director of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) for three decades, has been appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy at RIC for the 2010-11 academic year.

With the cooperation of the Political Science Department and the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Sasse will be facilitating seminars concerning Rhode Island public policy-making, with special emphasis on budget and fiscal policy in the state.

“We are delighted to have Mr. Sasse join the RIC community,” said Ronald Pitt, RIC vice president for Academic Affairs. “He brings a lifetime of senior-level experience in the public sector.”

“RIC has long been at the forefront of educating Rhode Island’s future leaders,” said Sasse. “I look forward to being a part of that process by sharing my experiences and perspectives on public policy issues working both inside and outside of state government.”

Sasse was named by Gov. Donald L. Carcieri a director of the Rhode Island Department of Administration, in 2009. In 2008, he was appointed the state’s first director of the Department of Revenue, and also led the Governor’s Tax Policy Group.

Sasse was director of RIPEC, a nonprofit research and education organization that analyzes the state’s finances, beginning in 1977. He was assistant chief administrative officer and deputy director of finance and administration for Memphis, Tennessee, from 1974-77, and was director of Tennessee’s Office of Urban and Federal Affairs and a member of the governor's staff from 1972-74.

Sasse holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University, a master's degree in public administration from the University of Missouri, and an honorary doctorate degree from Brown University.

He will lead fall and spring seminars at RIC, which are open to advanced undergraduates and graduate students. Each seminar will be limited to 15 students who have a demonstrated interest in working on issues related to Rhode Island government and politics over the course of two semesters and who have a strong academic record.