Marc B. Parlange became the University of Rhode Island’s 12th president on Aug. 1, 2021. A distinguished researcher and global higher education leader, Parlange leads the state’s public flagship research institution, with four campuses, nearly 18,000 students, more than 135,000 alumni, and an annual budget of more than $800 million.
Before his appointment as URI’s president, Parlange served as provost and senior vice president at Monash University, Australia’s largest research university, serving more than 80,000 students, and a member of Australia’s Group of Eight leading research-intensive universities. During his tenure at Monash, Parlange was credited with championing academic quality, developing institutional alliances worldwide, and strengthening world-leading multidisciplinary research opportunities. including those in the areas of policy and governance, health sciences, sustainable development, and artificial intelligence and data science.