A Conversation With Dr. Nancy Carriuolo

President, Rhode Island College


Dr. Nancy Carriuolo (Carry-O-Low) has wide-ranging experience in higher education. She began her service as the ninth president of Rhode Island College on July 1, 2008. Prior to that, she served as interim vice president for academic affairs at Rhode Island College, overseeing the management of academic activities and programs for the college, while maintaining her duties as deputy commissioner and chief academic officer at the Rhode Island Office of Higher Education. Carriuolo was promoted to that position in 2006 after serving since 2000 as associate commissioner for academic and student affairs.

Earlier she served as the director of the Office of School/College Relations at the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and, immediately prior to joining the Office of Higher Education, served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Haven, where she became a tenured full professor of English in 1987. She also has experience as a junior- and senior-high school teacher and department chair.

Carriuolo is the author of more than 30 publications and she has worked with a number of regional, national and international higher education and business organizations as a consultant. She is affiliated with several professional associations, and is a past president of the National Association for Developmental Education. In 2009, she received national recognition for her lifelong achievement in developmental education when named a CLADEA fellow. She was the founding statewide leader of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Council on Education's network of women leaders in higher education. In addition, Carriuolo is vice-chair elect of the presidents council of the Little East, and she has been elected to the Board of Trustees for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. She was also appointed to serve on the board of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation.

Carriuolo earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the State College of New York at Brockport and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo; she also attended the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, where she completed post-doctoral studies in organizational behavior and management, fundraising, and negotiation.

Her husband Ralf is a native Rhode Islander and their son Matthew graduated from Brown University.


Listening for the collective good

Dr. Carriuolo's second grade teacher made a huge, year-long commitment to her, that shaped her into the highly successful, Heartfelt Leader she is today. While Mrs. Schultz may not have necessarily thought she was teaching "listening skills", Dr. Carriuolo now listens for the collective good, as a result.

How would you rate your own listening skills and what do you typically listen for? Of those people who have most influenced you in your life, how would you rate their listening skills and what do you think they are listening for?   


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