- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A group of faculty at Rhode Island College has written a letter to support the school’s president, in response to a scathing letter from another group criticizing her.

The new letter endorsed by more than 50 people says President Nancy Carriuolo “has been and continues to be an excellent leader,” and that faculty and staff calling for her to be fired don’t represent the majority.

“We are grateful that we work for an institution that values our service and celebrates our accomplishments,” says the letter, which is dated Monday. “We know that Rhode Island College provides an outstanding education.”

Fourteen faculty, staff and former staff members wrote to the Council on Postsecondary Education last week, taking issue with Carriuolo’s leadership. They allege that Carriuolo isn’t paying enough attention to school finances, doesn’t collaborate with appropriate staff, and terminates or penalizes people because of unsubstantiated rumors or honest professional disagreements, among other issues.

The faculty supporting Carriuolo disputed those claims, pointing to donor-funded projects, a strategic plan under development and a 2011 accreditation report. The report said one of the college’s strengths is the president and leadership team, who are bringing about “transformational change” and are open to new ideas.

The postsecondary council annually reviews the presidents at the state institutions, considering their vision and accomplishments. The postsecondary commissioner’s office has said it will consider feedback from the college community.

Carriuolo, named president in 2008, has not publicly addressed the controversy. Messages left at her office on Tuesday and Wednesday seeking comment were not returned.

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