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Cybersecurity Symposium


David M. Dooley, Ph.D.
University of Rhode Island

Dr. David M. Dooley became the 11th president of the University of Rhode Island in July 2009. He joined the University with nearly 30 years of experience in public and private higher education.

Since he's been in Rhode Island, President Dooley has traveled throughout the state --- each trip he considers to be just a "little more than a Montana mile" -- to meet with community groups, business leaders, politicians, alumni and more. He met with journalists at media outlets statewide, participated in a web chat with Providence Journal readers, and started his own blog. He has watched football games with URI students in the newly renovated basement of his campus home, invited artists to display their works there, and he has even thrown out the first pitch at a Boston Red Sox game.

At all of these meetings and at various events, President Dooley has shared a message that is consistent with the seal of the State of Rhode Island and the University. The message is "hope." The seasoned administrator, educator and scientist is committed to creating a community of discovery that involves all students, the faculty and staff in "Creating the Future: Transforming the World." He also was appointed to serve all Rhode Islanders from the board of the Rhode Island Economic Development Committee and has initiated new opportunities for the University to take a central role in the renewal and improvement of the State's economy and education systems.

Prior to joining the University, President Dooley was the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Montana State University, which was the school's second highest-ranking administrative position. There he played a central role in the development of the college's vision, values, and core messages, which emphasized excellence in scholarship, creative work, teaching, and engagement. Dr. Dooley brings to URI a collaborative leadership style that encourages entrepreneurial approaches to problem solving and program development.

Earlier at Montana State, Dr. Dooley led the university's chemistry and biochemistry department and served as a chemistry professor. As provost, he also maintained an active laboratory with research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. He had been a central figure in attracting research dollars to Montana State, helping to grow that budget to $100 million during his tenure. Montana State is now ranked among the top tier of research universities, as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. URI, which is ranked in the second tier, aspires to that goal.

Actively engaged in teaching and research throughout his academic career, Dr. Dooley began as an assistant professor of chemistry at Amherst College in Amherst, Mass. in 1978 and left in 1993 to chair the Montana State chemistry department. Six years later he became the interim, then full provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. Dr. Dooley earned a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of California in San Diego and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Dr. Dooley's wife, Lynn Baker-Dooley, is a Baptist minister. The Dooleys have two adult children, Chris and Samantha, and a dog named Rhody.

Cybersecurity Symposium 2013

Strengthening Cybersecurity in Rhode Island

For more information about this event, please contact:

Dr. Lisa DiPippo
Dept of Computer Science and Statistics
9 Greenhouse Road
Kingston, RI 02881
Phone: 401-874-2701