On May 16, 2017, the Rhode Island Senate approved Governor Raimondo's nominee Vivian Caruolo, Esq., to serve on the Council on Postsecondary Education, with a term ending January 31, 2020.
“It is an exciting time for higher education in Rhode Island, and we look forward to having Col. Caruolo on the Council,” said Bill Foulkes, Chair of the Council on Postsecondary Education. “From her distinguished career in the U.S. Army, Col. Caruolo brings a wealth of experience in law and ethics, organizational administration, and professional education.”
Vivian Caruolo is the Deputy, U.S. Property and Fiscal Office for Rhode Island who currently oversees the financial and contractual operations of the Rhode Island National Guard. She previously served as principal legal advisor to the Adjutant General of the Rhode Island National Guard, its subordinate commanders, the U.S. Property and Fiscal Officer, and more than 3,500 service members. In this role, she provided graduate-level professional education to all Judge Advocate personnel. Deployed to Afghanistan in 2013, she served as International Agreements Attorney for the International Assistance Security Force under Operation Enduring Freedom. Caruolo earned both her law degree and her bachelor's degree in Finance from Seton Hall University.
Caruolo replaces Michael Bernstein, who served on the Council since its inception in 2014, including as Chair from August 2014 to May 2015. The Council has eight voluntary members, along with the Chair of the Board of Education ex-officio and one non-voting student member. Gubernatorial appointees to the Council serve three-year terms.
The Council on Postsecondary Education is Rhode Island's chief policymaking body for higher education, coordinating the state's public colleges and university (CCRI, RIC, and URI). The Council on Postsecondary Education and the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education together form the Board of Education that oversees the PK-20 education system in Rhode Island.