Save the Date for Warner Inauguration

Headshot of RIC President Jack Warner

Dr. Jack R. Warner will be officially inaugurated as RIC’s 11th president on Nov. 15, 2024.

Dr. Jack R. Warner was appointed interim president of Rhode Island College on July 1, 2022. On February 14 of this year, he was officially appointed as the college's eleventh president by the Council on Postsecondary Education. His installation as president will occur during an Inauguration ceremony on Friday, November 15 at 1 p.m. in Roberts Hall. The ceremony will be followed by an Inaugural Ball later that evening in the Recreation Center. More details will follow. 


About President Jack R. Warner
Prior to joining RIC, Dr. Jack R. Warner was an Associate Professor of Higher Education in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at Johnson and Wales University and Senior Advisor at Education Strategy Group, a strategic consulting firm helping clients with strategies to improve career readiness, postsecondary transitions, and postsecondary attainment. Prior to these positions, he was Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (2009-2015) of the South Dakota Board of Regents, which provides governance and leadership for the six universities, three university centers, and two special schools in the State of South Dakota’s public higher education system. Prior to that, Dr. Warner spent seven years as Commissioner of the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education, the governing board of the public research university, master’s comprehensive college and community college in Rhode Island.

Dr. Warner spent 32 years in the Massachusetts public higher education system, five of them as Vice Chancellor of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, the state coordinating board for 15 community colleges, nine state colleges and five campuses of the University of Massachusetts, and two as Associate Chancellor at the University of Massachusetts campus in Dartmouth.

Warner Spent 17 years as Dean of Student Affairs at Bristol Community College in Fall River, Massachusetts. He is a past president of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). He taught in the Boston College Graduate of School of Education for 13 years.

He holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Administration from Boston College; a Master of Education from Springfield College in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education; and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Vermont. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of Public Service from the South Dakota Board of Regents. He is a past chair of the Executive Committee of the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) and past member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of System Heads (NASH).

He and his wife Celeste reside in Warwick, RI. They have three children and four grandchildren.