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It looks like URI has found its next president

One of the two frontrunners, Brian Blake from George Washington University, has withdrawn from the search

A sign on the campus of the University of Rhode Island, in South Kingstown, R.I.
A sign on the campus of the University of Rhode Island, in South Kingstown, R.I.Steven Senne/Associated Press

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ICYMI: Rhode Island was up to 141,097 confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday, after adding 423 new cases. The most-recent overall daily test-positive rate was 2.4 percent, and the first-time positive rate was 20.4 percent. The state announced two more deaths, bringing the total to 2,638. There were 145 people in the hospital, and 298,456 residents were fully vaccinated.

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It sure looks like the University of Rhode Island has found its new president.

The university’s Board of Trustees has scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m., where it is expected to appoint a new president and begin negotiating a contract with that person.

All signs suggest that Marc Parlange, a Providence-born provost at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, will be picked by the board. He was one of the two finalists, and the other frontrunner, Brian Blake from George Washington University, has withdrawn from the search, according to The GW Hatchet.

Parlange would succeed David Dooley, who has been president of URI since 2009.

Leading Rhode Island’s flagship public university is one of the most high-profile jobs in the state. Dooley is the second-highest paid state employee – he made $403,000 in 2020 – behind only URI basketball coach David Cox.

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Parlange has been the provost at Monash University since 2017, and previously worked at the the University of British Columbia, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, and Johns Hopkins University. According to his resume, he earned his undergraduate degree from Griffith University and a master’s and a doctorate degree from Cornell University.

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WHAT’S ON TAP TODAY

Each day, Rhode Map offers a cheat sheet breaking down what’s happening in Rhode Island. Have an idea? E-mail us at RInews@globe.com.

⚓ The Senate Judiciary Committee is hearing several firearm-related bills at 3 p.m.

⚓ The Senate Oversight Committee will discuss the Rhode Island Convention Center at 5:30 p.m.

⚓ The Providence City Council Ordinance Committee is holding a virtual public hearing at 5:30 p.m. on a zoning change for the former St Joseph’s Hospital, which is expected to be converted to a school.

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Dan McGowan can be reached at dan.mcgowan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @danmcgowan.