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Distributed May 21, 1997
Contact: Richard Morin

Rhode Island Senate salutes Brown President Vartan Gregorian

Brown University President Vartan Gregorian will be honored by Rhode Island state senators this afternoon for his service to the state and local community. The ceremony will take place at 4:30 in the Senate Chambers.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island state senators will pay tribute to outgoing Brown University President Vartan Gregorian during a legislative ceremony today at 4:30 p.m. in the Senate Chambers of the Rhode Island State House.

At the conclusion of today's legislative session, Majority Leader Paul Kelly and his fellow senators will salute Gregorian for his contributions to Brown University, education, and Rhode Island. A reception in Room 313 of the Rhode Island State House will follow.

Gregorian, the 16th president of Brown University, will leave Rhode Island to become president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, one of the nation's largest and most prestigious grant-making foundations. Gregorian will continue his work at Brown through July and will assist the University during its search for his successor.

Gregorian was chosen as Brown's 16th president in August 1988 and was sworn in on Jan. 11, 1989, succeeding Howard R. Swearer. He arrived at Brown with characteristic enthusiasm, declaring his intention to strengthen the faculty, expand support for the libraries and enhance the academic and intellectual experience of Brown students. By all accounts he has delivered on those intentions.

He has also worked to improve the Providence and Rhode Island Communities directly through his own involvement in civic affairs and indirectly by championing programs of public and community service. During his tenure, Brown and Gregorian: