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The Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner, which operates under the direction of the Commissioner of Postsecondary Education, is the administrative and research arm of the Rhode Island Council on Postsecondary Education, and is the system office for the three public institutions, University of Rhode Island (URI), Rhode Island College (RIC), and the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI).
The mission of the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner (OPC) is to support the work of the Board of Education and the Council on Postsecondary Education in providing an excellent, accessible and affordable public system of higher education designed to improve the overall educational attainment of the citizens of Rhode Island, support economic development, and enrich the civic, social and cultural life of all living in the state of Rhode Island.

Title Name Phone Number Email
Associate Commissioner of Postsecondary Education, Finance & Management Susan E. LaPanne Ph.D, CPA 4010-736-1100 [email protected]
Assistant Commissioner, External Affairs Michael Walker-Jones Ed.D 401-736-1100 [email protected]
Interim Assistant Commissioner, Planning Phyllis Harnick Ph.D 401-736-1100 [email protected]
Deputy Director, Division of Higher Education Assistance Gail E. Mance-Rios 401-736-1100 [email protected]


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