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URI appoints new VP for administration, finance

The University of Rhode Island has selected Christina L. Valentino, special assistant to the chancellor at the University of California at Santa Cruz, as its new vice president for administration and finance, the university announced Tuesday.

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URI appoints new VP for administration, finance

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PROVIDENCE – The University of Rhode Island has selected Christina L. Valentino, special assistant to the chancellor at the University of California at Santa Cruz, as its new vice president for administration and finance, the university announced Tuesday.

Her appointment, which followed a national search, was approved by the R.I. Board of Education on Sept. 9. She will join the university on Oct. 1.

As vice president, Valentino will support the president and provost on all matters related to the administration of the university.

“Christina has proven to be an effective leader in higher education and will be a tremendous asset to my leadership team here at the University of Rhode Island,” said URI President David M. Dooley, in a release. “Her comprehensive experience and vision will strengthen our ability to manage our operations, facilities and finances.”

Valentino has 20 years of leadership experience at UC Santa Cruz in administration, finance, human resources and other areas. As special assistant to the chancellor, she was a member of the chancellor’s cabinet, responsible for strategic planning and advancing philanthropic support for the university’s first fundraising campaign.

Previously, she served UC Santa Cruz for more than a decade as vice chancellor and associate vice chancellor for business and administrative services, where she provided leadership for most of the areas she will oversee at URI.

“URI is both an impressive academic institution and an essential economic force in the New England region,” said Valentino, in a release. “I look forward to being a part of a truly visionary team.”

Valentino holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles and a graduate certificate in public affairs through the Coro Foundation Fellowship program.

university of rhode island, uri, christina l. valentino, university of california at santa cruz, uc santa cruz, rhode island board of education, david m. dooley

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