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Rhode Island College could get an interim president today

With current President Frank Sanchez preparing to step away from his post, the state Council on Postsecondary Education is expected to vote to hire an interim president

Entry sign for Rhode Island College in Providence, R.I.Kenneth C. Zirkel via Wikimedia Commons

Rhode Island College is expected to get a new interim president later today.

With current President Frank Sanchez preparing to step away from his post, the state Council on Postsecondary Education is expected to vote to hire an interim president at its 2 p.m. meeting.

It’s not clear who the council has selected, but it has been working with The Registry, a Massachusetts-based firm specifically created to connect colleges with interim presidents.

Sanchez announced in January that he would not seek another term is RIC’s president. The decision was not a total surprise, as he had a tenuous relationship with the council.

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Weeks after Sanchez’s announcement, US Representative James Langevin announced he would retire from Congress this year, and he has expressed some interest in leading his alma mater.

In order for Langevin to become RIC’s president, the council would need to waive its requirement that the school’s leader have earned a PhD. Langevin has a undergraduate degree from RIC, and a master’s degree from Harvard.

This will be the first major decision of the council’s new president, Dennis Duffy.

This story first appeared in Rhode Map, our free newsletter about Rhode Island that also contains information about local events, data about the coronavirus in the state, and more. If you’d like to receive it via e-mail Monday through Friday, you can sign up here.


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