Community College of Rhode Island President Ray DiPasquale has withdrawn from the search for a new Higher Education Commissioner in Louisiana.
DiPasquale was a finalist for the post, vacated by Rhode Island’s current Higher Education Commission Jim Purcell. He was in Louisiana this week for an interview and spoke to Purcell before returning to Rhode Island on Thursday.
"I think it was really just about his love for his efforts here, and he’s excited about coming back to work and moving forward," Purcell said.
Community College of Rhode Island President Ray DiPasquale has been named as a finalist in Louisiana's search for a new commissioner of higher education.
DiPasquale served as Rhode Island's interim commissioner of higher education for several years. He remained as president of CCRI during that time and was offered the extra job as part of a bid to keep him from leaving.
The other named finalists for the position in Louisiana are Robin Capehart, president of West Liberty University in West Virginia and Joseph Rallo, a vice chancellor from Texas Tech University.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee is recommending that the chair of the state Board of Education give up that position to become the state Commissioner of Higher Education. The appointment would be full time, but only temporary while the board conducts a search for a permanent commissioner.
The governor said he chose board chair Eva-Marie Mancuso because he believes higher education needs full time leadership at this time.
Mancuso says she is thrilled at the chance to lead the state office of higher education, a post with a $200,000 salary.