Incoming changes to RIC’s leadership

Raymond Baccari

News Editor

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Two members of the President’s Executive Cabinet at RIC are stepping down from their positions. Eric Rivera, Interim Vice President for Student Success, is stepping down on April 8. Kimberly Conway Dumpson, Vice President for College Advancement and External Affairs and Executive Director of the Rhode Island College Foundation is stepping down on July 1.


“Both Eric and Kim have provided strong and invaluable leadership in their respective divisions during one of the most challenging periods in the college’s history, the pandemic of the past two years,” President Frank Sánchez said in a campus-wide announcement about the transition.


“Further, both have gone above and beyond the call of duty to take on responsibilities outside their traditional purviews as we adapted to unprecedented challenges. Our college owes them both a debt of gratitude and I want to extend my thanks on behalf of our entire community.”


Through the transition, Ducha Hang, Associate Vice President for Student Services will manage the offices under the umbrella of Student Success. Helen Tate, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, will oversee the offices under the enrollment management banner.


President Sánchez touted Rivera’s accomplishments in his announcement.


“Under Eric’s leadership since 2019, the division of Student Success has established the Prospective Student Center in Roberts Hall – which is slated to grow into its own facility in the near future – a vital gateway for students considering Rhode Island College. Eric has also improved and reimagined countless processes and student services to adapt to the ever-changing circumstances of the pandemic. Perhaps most importantly, he has helped us return to in-person campus life after more than a year of remote teaching and learning,” says Sánchez.


Dumpson directed RIC’s “Be Bold” re-branding strategy and introduction of the college’s new website.


“In Kim’s four years at the college, she has strengthened our communications, philanthropy and alumni relations immeasurably,” Sánchez added.


“She has fostered collaborations between our communications and media teams, the Alumni Association and the Rhode Island College Foundation that have led to dramatic increases in both fundraising and alumni engagement. She also played key leadership roles in the college’s COVID-19 response efforts, providing a steady hand in uncertain times.”


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