Meet Our New Associate Commissioner

April 16, 2018 -- RIOPC is pleased to welcome Paula Szulc, Ed.D., as our Associate Commissioner for Student Success. Szulc’s career has focused on increasing opportunities through education for learners of all ages. As a teacher, researcher, policymaker, and administrator, her work spans pK-20 settings in the U.S., as well as in Japan, China, India, and Sweden. She comes to the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner after having served as the Director of Assessment and Accreditation at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education for three years, where she successfully supported state, regional, and national accreditation reviews and acted as an advisor to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 


Paula Szulc


Prior to this, Szulc spent almost a decade in both chambers of the Rhode Island General Assembly. She oversaw education policy in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, led the Legislative Research Office, and spearheaded Health and Human Services policy on behalf of the Rhode Island Senate. During this time, her work earned recognition on multiple occasions from the National Conference of State Legislators, where she served on the Executive Committee. Szulc also was selected as an Associate with the National Center on Public Policy and Higher Education, and conducted research on higher education policy as a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in Maharashtra, India. Szulc began her career as a teacher and consultant. A graduate of the Massachusetts public schools, Szulc earned an Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a Master’s degree from the Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University, and a Bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College. She also holds a Certificate in International Higher Education from Boston College.





The Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner (RIOPC) supports the work of the Rhode Island Board of Education and Council on Postsecondary Education in providing an excellent, accessible, and affordable system of higher education designed to improve the overall educational attainment of the residents of Rhode Island, support economic development, and enrich the civic, social, and cultural life of all Rhode Islanders. The Office serves as the definitive resource for information on, and the interpretation of, Council policy for public higher education institutions in Rhode Island (the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and the Community College of Rhode Island). 

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