Sánchez Selected 10th President of Rhode Island College
Frank Sánchez, vice chancellor for student affairs at the City University of New York, answered questions during a presidential search open forum at RIC, May 3.
The Council on Postsecondary Education named Frank Sánchez, Ph.D., as the new president of Rhode Island College at its meeting on May 11. The council’s vote concludes a five-month search process that began with over 40 applicants from across the nation. Sánchez would succeed Nancy Carriuolo as the 10th president in RIC’s storied 162-year history.
Sánchez, vice chancellor for student affairs at the City University of New York (CUNY), was one of four candidates recommended for the position by the 11-member presidential search committee that included representatives from the RIC faculty, staff and student body, as well as council members and community leaders.
Chair of the Council on Postsecondary Education and of the RIC Presidential Search Committee Bill Foulkes said that the search process yielded four extremely qualified, diverse candidates.
“While it was a difficult decision, we selected Dr. Sánchez because of his commitment to students," said Foulkes. “Specifically, we were impressed with his track record in implementing effective student success and enrollment management initiatives as well as his history of leadership in supporting innovative teaching and learning efforts while expanding financial resources for students. The council feels confident that Dr. Sánchez will have an equally positive impact on RIC students, while creating opportunities for Rhode Island College to play a broader role in the community.”
Sánchez earned his B.S. in psychology from the University of Nebraska, his M.S. in student affairs and higher education from Colorado State University and his Ph.D. in higher education administration from Indiana University.
For over 20 years, Sánchez has advanced teaching and learning by supporting innovative public-private partnerships, student services, programs, policies and external funding aimed at increasing student success and degree completion. Since 2011 Sánchez has provided university-wide leadership for CUNY’s 24 distinct colleges, educating 500,000 students within the largest urban, public university in the United States. He has also partnered with the Robin Hood Foundation and Single Stop USA to expand access to legal and financial counseling, tax preparation, health insurance and other benefits for the university’s most financially vulnerable students. In four years, the financial resources allocated to CUNY’s students grew from $11.8 million to $40 million.
Sánchez was appointed to Colorado Governor Bill Ritter’s P-20 Education Taskforce in 2008 and, in 2015, was appointed to the New York State Board of Regents Workgroup to Improve Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color. Prior to moving to CUNY, Sánchez served as associate vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Colorado Denver and as the vice president for student affairs at Adams State University. During his tenure at Adams State, the graduation rates for Hispanic students improved from 15 percent to 51 percent in three years. Sánchez is also a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) board of directors and is the chair of the NASPA Taskforce on Program Review.
The Council on Postsecondary Education hopes to install the next president prior to the start of the fall semester. Interim Vice President for Advancement at RIC Clark Greene has been appointed to serve as the college’s interim president after President Nancy Carriuolo’s steps down on May 21.