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A big shakeup in Rhode Island’s higher education system is coming

Tim DelGiudice, chairman of the Council on Postsecondary Education, is stepping away from the post

The next head of the R.I. Council on Postsecondary Education will have a major say in the search for a new president at Rhode Island College.Kenneth C. Zirkel via Wikimedia Commons

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Leading off

Get ready for another shakeup in higher education in Rhode Island.

Tim DelGiudice, the chairman of the Council on Postsecondary Education, has informed Governor Dan McKee that he is stepping away from the post on March 31 after two three-year terms on the council.

In a letter to McKee on Thursday, DelGiudice wrote that the Rhode Island Promise scholarship at the Community College of Rhode Island, expanded workforce training programs, and the hiring of Shannon Gilkey as postsecondary commissioner were among the top accomplishments of the council during his tenure.

He told McKee in January that he planned to step away, citing increased professional obligations (he’s an associate director of government relations at Raytheon): “As my professional demands expand on an almost daily basis, I must inform you that March 31, 2022, will be my last day as a member of the council and Board of Education,” he wrote. “I hope that my notification in January and again today have allowed you ample time to select a new chair of the Council on Postsecondary Education.”

The bigger picture: McKee now has an important decision to make heading into election season. The postsecondary chair is a role that flies under the radar, but that person will have a major say in the search for a new president at Rhode Island College, given that Frank Sanchez plans to leave the job later this year.


There has been a lot of talk that DelGiudice’s former boss, retiring US Representative James Langevin, might be a candidate to succeed Sanchez as president, although the council would have to remove a requirement that the college president have a PhD.

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