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RI's Roger Williams U. appoints new president

March 29, 2011

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BRISTOL, R.I.—The president of New Jersey's Rowan University has been named the new head of Roger Williams University in Rhode Island.

The private university on Tuesday announced it had selected Donald J. Farish as its 10th president. Farish is completing his 13th year at the head of Rowan in Glassboro, N.J.

Farish has 40 years of experience as an educator. He holds a Ph.D. in biology from Harvard and a law degree from the University of Missouri. He has also worked at Sonoma State University in California.

Board Chairman Richard Bready says Farish has the vision and commitment to academic excellence needed to propel the school forward.

The school's former president, Roy Nirschel, resigned suddenly in July without explanation.

Roger Williams, in Bristol, is home to Rhode Island's only law school and has about 3,800 undergraduates.