Nazarian Named to Rhode Island Collegeís Athletic Hall of Fame

Providence, RI--Rhode Island College President John Nazarian was inducted into RICís Athletic Hall of Fame at a dedication ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 3. Nazarian is the 45th member to be inducted and the first since 1993.

RIC Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Intramurals and Recreation Donald E. Tencher says, "President Nazarian has been a constant supporter of our athletic programs. He is committed to providing the best for our student-athletes on and off the field of competition. His wisdom and vision have been a key component of RICís athletic renaissance."

President Nazarian, who was born and raised in Pawtucket, is a 1954 graduate of Rhode Island College. With over 40 years of experience with the College as a student, teacher and administrator, President Nazarian was appointed to the Collegeís highest office in May, 1990.

He holds a bachelorís degree in education, a masterís degree from Brown University (1956), a second masterís degree from the University of Illinois (1961) and earned his doctorate from New York University in 1967.

His professional career at RIC began as an instructor of mathematics and physics in 1954 following his graduation. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1958, associate professor in 1967, and full professor in 1971. By then, President Nazarian had already been appointed the Collegeís first Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences. Two years later he was named Special Assistant to the President for Institutional Research and Planning, a position he held until 1977, when he became Vice President for Administrative Services. From 1981 and through the next nine years, President Nazarian served the College as its top financial administrator, Vice President for Administration and Finance.

President Nazarian resides in Pawtucket.

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