Rhode Island College Announces New Senior Leadership Positions

Rhode Island College Announces New Senior Leadership Positions


Rhode Island College Announces New Senior Leadership Positions
New administrative positions at RIC are aimed at addressing the college’s strategic
goals to increase institutional effectiveness and create a more inclusive, welcoming

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Anna Cano Morales will become Associate Vice
President for Community, Equity and Diversity at Rhode Island College, effective
January 17, 2017. This is a new position reporting directly to the president.

«Throughout her career, Anna has been a respected leader and champion for the Rhode
Island community,» said RIC President Frank D. Sanchez. «Her extensive experience in
social work and policy in Rhode Island makes her a natural fit to lead the effort to
integrate diversity, equity, and community into the College’s core mission, vision,
and strategies. We are fortunate to have her on board as a member of our senior
leadership team.»

In her new role, Cano Morales will interface regularly with college leadership to
ensure that active and viable diversity and community initiatives are being
developed and implemented across all divisions. Other duties will include the
development and implementation of a diversity and inclusion education plan for
students, staff, and faculty. She will also provide oversight and leadership for
Promising Practices, Unity Center, Dialogue on Diversity, Disability Services
Center, Women’s Center, Interfaith Center, and International Student Services.

For a decade Cano Morales worked as the Associate Vice President for Grant Programs
for the Rhode Island Foundation, where she led the Hispanics in Philanthropy
initiative and managed a team of program officers. She most recently served as the
Director of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University, where she was
responsible for stimulating public policy discourse and enhancing the public’s
understanding of the Rhode Island Latino experience.

Roger Williams University Provost Andrew Workman said, «Over the last four years
Anna has led LPI’s many efforts to inform the policy conversations about Rhode
Island’s growing Latino population. Although her presence at the university and its
Latino Policy Institute will be missed, we wish her success in the important work
that she has taken on at Rhode Island College.»

«Anna has been an undeniable force in the evolution of the Latino Policy Institute
at Roger Williams University, building the organization’s reputation for
comprehensive and reliable research on important topics related to the Latino
community,» added Paola Fernandez, co-chair of the Latino Policy Institute at RWU
board. «Her departure leaves a big void, but we are looking forward to the next
phase of growth for LPI with a new leader at the helm.»

A Central Falls native, Cano Morales has served on several nonprofit boards
including the RI Board of Education, URI Foundation Executive Board of Directors,
and the RI Latino Political Action Committee. She is currently the Chairwoman of the
Central Falls School Board of Trustees and a Practice Seminar Senior Fellow for the
Rhode Island Core Program of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice.

RIC also recently hired Margaret M. Lynch-Gadaleta to serve as Director of
Institutional Equity. Supporting Cano Morales, the Director of Institutional Equity
will serve as an educator, trainer and spokesperson regarding issues of access,
equity, opportunity and Title IX.

Assistant Vice President for Administration

Jeffrey L. Martin has been appointed Assistant Vice President for Administration.
Martin previously served as Director of Facilities for the Public School System of
the City of Worcester. Prior to that, he was the Director of Site Operations for
Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place, and Director of Facilities Management for the
Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
As Assistant Vice President for Administration, Martin will oversee the Department
of Facilities and Operations, the Office of Capital Projects, and the Procurement
Office to ensure Rhode Island College is well positioned for current initiatives and
future expansion.

Martin’s additional experience in higher education facilities and operations
management includes Centenary College (NJ), Bryn Mawr College (PA), Barnard College
(NY), and Brown University. He earned a B.A. at Providence College and holds
credentials as a Certified Facility Manager (CFM) and Master Facility Executive

Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives

Clark Greene has been named Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives, another
important new role at Rhode Island College intended to streamline and execute the
college’s top priorities. Greene, who has held several policy and executive
management positions in state government and education, has been with RIC for three
years in various leadership roles.

«In this key position, Clark will work with the campus community and stakeholders to
develop the college’s strategic plan and coordinate its implementation,» said
President Sanchez. «His experience as Interim Commissioner of Higher Education and
Interim President of RIC will position him well for this role.»

About Rhode Island College
Established in 1854, Rhode Island College serves approximately 9,000 undergraduate
and graduate students through its five schools: the Faculty of Arts and Sciences,
the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, the School of Social Work,
the School of Management and the School of Nursing. For more information, visit