RIC Names Two New Vice Presidents to Serve on Executive Leadership Team

Thursday, July 13, 2017
GoLocalProv News Team

Joshua Hamilton PHOTO: RIC
Rhode Island College has named two new vice presidents to serve on its executive leadership team.

Joshua Hamilton has been named provost/vice president for academic affairs at Rhode Island College. He will be responsible for assuring the college’s academic excellence in its curricula, teaching, research and public outreach.

Jason Meriwether has been named vice president for student success at RIC. He will oversee the Division of Student Success, which brings together student affairs and academic affairs units with departments focused on student life, enrollment management and academic support and services.

Joshua Hamilton

Hamilton comes to RIC from the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), where he served as dean of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering and as professor of biology. 

“I am delighted to be joining Rhode Island College and President Sánchez’s leadership team. RIC has a strong history of educational excellence that serves the needs of Rhode Island. I look forward to working with the RIC community to develop today’s workforce and tomorrow’s leaders while we continue to innovate and respond to the ever-changing needs of the state and region,” said Hamilton.

Prior to his work at UMD, Hamilton was chief academic and scientific officer (provost equivalent) at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts from 2008 to 2013.

He was senior scientist and had a joint faculty appointment at Brown University.

From 1990 to 2008, Hamilton was a faculty member at Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire, where he was also the founding director of the Center for Environmental Health Sciences.

Hamilton received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts.

He earned a master’s degree in genetics and a doctorate in toxicology from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Jason Meriwether

Jason Meriwether PHOTO: RIC
In his previous role as vice chancellor at Indiana University Southeast, Meriwether was responsible for the Student Services Division, which included Financial Aid, Admissions, Career Development, Athletics, Counseling, Residence Life and Housing, Center for Mentoring and Campus Life.

"This is the perfect time to join the leadership team at Rhode Island College. I look forward to collaborating with faculty, staff, and community partners to support RIC's students as they persist and graduate. It is an honor to prepare students who will earn their degrees at RIC and become leaders and productive citizens in this great state and beyond,” said Meiriwether.

Meriwether earned his bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Louisville.

He earned a master’s degree in psychology from Fisk University, as well as a doctorate in educational administration with a specialization in higher education leadership from Indiana State University.

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