- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 5, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island’s first chief innovation officer is leaving for a job with an educational nonprofit.

Richard Culatta tells WJAR-TV (https://bit.ly/2p14Q0K ) he’s proud of his work as innovation officer.

Culatta’s last day is May 1. He was hired in January 2016 by the Rhode Island College Foundation, the private fundraising organization of the state-run college.

Culatta’s salary and the office’s projects were supported by grants. The projects, designed in conjunction with a partner institution, include an initiative to have every school in the state offer computer science classes.

The administration of Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo (ray-MAHN’-doh) says it hopes to continue the office’s work, possibly under a new structure.

The Arlington, Virginia-based International Society for Technology in Education Board of Directors has named Culatta as its CEO.

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Information from: WJAR-TV, https://www.turnto10.com

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