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Roger Williams University Names Provost as Interim President

BRISTOL, R.I. — Roger Williams University has named an interim president following the death of its president.

The university said Tuesday that its board of trustees chose Provost Andrew Workman.

Donald Farish died on Thursday after what the university called a “sudden and serious illness.” He was 75.

Farish served at the helm of the Bristol, Rhode Island, school for seven years and was planning to retire when his contract expired next year.

Farish’s five decades in academia included a teaching stint at the University of Missouri. He later became president of Rowan University in New Jersey.

Roger Williams is forming a presidential search committee.

The board says it chose Workman for the interim post because of his proven ability as provost and desire to continue the work Farish began.


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