Rhode Island’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: University of Rhode Island
Founded as Rhode Island’s agricultural school and agricultural experiment station in 1888. In 1892, the school was named the Rhode Island College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. In 1909, the school’s name was changed to Rhode Island State College. In 1951, the school was given the name University of Rhode Island through an act of the state’s General Assembly.
President: David M. Dooley became president of the University of Rhode Island in 2009. President Dooley’s land-grant credentials include his having served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the land-grant institution Montana State University, as well as having served as head of the department of chemistry and biochemistry at that same university. Dr. Dooley also earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry through the University of California’s land-grant.