David Dooley
URI President David Dooley

The Official Blog of Dr. David M. Dooley

With more than 30 years of experience in public and private higher education, Dr. David M. Dooley is the University of Rhode Island’s 11th president.

Office of the President

  • Community Well-Being in a Time of Unrest November 26, 2018 - As our URI Cornerstone values remind us, we promote independent choice, intellectual curiosity, open-mindedness and free expression. As a community, we are responsible for the well-being of one another and supporting the foundation of our educational endeavors. Continue »
  • The Excitement of a New Academic Year September 18, 2018 - Our incoming class is one of the most competitive in the University’s history, with a record 22,775 applicants vying for 3,250 spots as first-year students. This class also boasts an average GPA of 3.54 and is the most diverse, with 23 percent identifying themselves as students of color. Our entire student body is increasingly strong… Continue »
  • A Concluding Message May 9, 2018 - As we prepare for the Commencement season and embark on summer work, we encourage all members of our community to reflect on the University’s values and standards (articulated in URI Cornerstone Values) and serve as ambassadors for the institution. No matter where our plans may take us while we are away from URI or commencing… Continue »
  • Reasons to Hope October 27, 2017 - I have continued to appreciate, and reflect upon, two extraordinary events at the Ryan Center recently – and neither of these events involved basketball.  The first was Dr. Jane Goodall’s inspirational and moving lecture, presented at the University of Rhode Island on September 19.  The second was the energizing and entertaining interview, with questions from… Continue »
  • The Journey Ahead September 1, 2017 - As I write this letter, we are preparing to welcome the class of 2021 to campus. They are an outstanding group of entering students by any measure. As was the case with the class of 2020, the class of 2021 continues a trajectory of raising URI’s academic profile, with the highest average SAT scores and… Continue »