CCRI president spends tens of thousands on private club, pool

Friday, December 6, 2013

A GoLocal investigation into finances at the Community College of Rhode Island has uncovered that since 2006, over $20,000 has been spent by CCRI President Ray Di Pasquale at the private University Club on the East Side of Providence through the privately-funded CCRI Foundation.

In the same time span, the public two-year institution has spent over $325,000 maintaining Di Pasquale's Knight Residence on the Warwick campus, including over $50,000 on the upkeep of the swimming pool -- and a new $20,000 fence -- on the property.

For the 2010-2011 school year, CCRI’s three-year graduation rate was just 9.6 percent, ranking Rhode Island No. 48 in the country when it comes to graduation rates from two-year institutions.

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