The Next Dean of the College of Education at the University of Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island has appointed R. Anthony Rolle as dean of the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies, effective this July. Dr. Rolle has been serving as a professor and chair of the department of educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Houston.

In accepting the appointment, Dr. Rolle said, “It just made sense to me: An organization that prepares individuals for the workforce; and, an organization that extends professional development opportunities for individuals to re-enter or to advance within the workforce. What an opportunity to share experiences and create avenues for success that will allow individuals to become upwardly mobile both academically and economically.”

Dr. Rolle joined the faculty at the University of Houston in 2014. Earlier, he taught at Texas A&M University and the University of South Florida. His research is focused on K-12 education finance and policy research that has led to new models to measure effectiveness and efficiency in public school systems.

A graduate of Santa Clara University in California, Professor Rolle holds a master of public administration degree from the University of Washington and a doctorate in education policy studies from Indiana University.

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