Paul DePace of East Greenwich graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1966 and received his M.B.A. in 1975. In 1977 he joined the URI staff as director of physical plant, and now serves as associate director of capital projects. He manages a team responsible for all new construction on campus, including the Convocation Center, ice facility, Ballentine Hall and residence hall renovations.
As a member of the International Paralympic committee that oversees the Paralympic Games Paul M. DePace who, carried the Paralympic Torch for one mile along the Greek coast last September. He had previously carried torch at the games in Atlanta in 1996 and Salt Lake City in 2002. The 2004 Paralympic Games, in which 3,837 athletes from 136 countries competed over 11 days, were held in Athens two weeks after the Olympics. The U.S. Paralympic team is fielded by the U.S. Olympic Committee. DePace was also Chef De Mission for the 1992 Barcelona IX Paralympics. Now, he is the director of URI’s Office of Capital Projects and Facilities Planning, is also president of the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation and a former member of the board of directors in the U.S. Olympic Committee. DePace awarded medals in shooting, track and field, archery, swimming, and powerlifting, the sport in which he had formerly competed. In 1995 DePace received the Humanitarian Award from the Providence Engineering Society and the National Rehabilitation Association Award.