In Memoriam: Dr. David Rice

News Story: January 1, 2009

Sacred Heart University mourns the passing of Dr. David Rice, associate vice president for Academic Affairs. He joined SHU in August 2007

“For the past year and a half, Dr. Rice has enriched our community with his wisdom, his generous and caring spirit for each member of the community, and his deep commitment to the students and the mission of the University,” stated Dr. Thomas V. Forget, SHU’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Rice worked to develop the leadership of academic events and programs, coordinating commencement and freshman convocation, managing the Provost Council agenda, overseeing the university’s Academic Program Review protocol, and leading special projects such as retention improvement.

A college administrator in the northeast for over 30 years, Dr. Rice has watched SHU grow since its inception in 1963, and said he’d been excited for many years at the possibility of working at the university.

When Dr. Rice joined the SHU community he said, “You want to be in a place that’s entrepreneurial, that’s growing, that’s facing the 21st century and embracing it—and that’s all very characteristic of Sacred Heart.

He was also attracted by the university’s mission. “It’s quite closely aligned with my own life’s work, and that’s very, very important to me,” he said. “It’s hard to understand people from other perspectives or from other histories if you don’t understand our own, and that’s a very important point that Sacred Heart’s mission addresses straight on. It also talks about service, which is important to me. It talks about redistribution of the world’s goods, which is also very important. And it certainly stresses the oneness of the human family, which picks up another point I’m very concerned about. There’s much to be said for the mission and its relevance to the 21st century, and those points are attractive and interesting to me.”

Prior to joining the SHU family, Dr. Rice served as vice president for Academic Affairs and professor of history at Felician College in Lodi and Rutherford, N.J. Other previous positions include: director of Corporate Relations for Northeastern University in Boston; provost, vice president and dean for Academic Affairs and professor of humanities at Holy Family University in Philadelphia; chief academic officer at both Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., and Penn State University’s Wilkes-Barre campus; and director of Grants, Foundation, Corporate and Legislative Relations at College Misericordia in Dallas, Pa.

Dr. Rice’s degrees included a Bachelor of Arts in Classics and History from Boston College, along with a master’s degree in Classics and a Ph.D. in Classics/Ancient History from Yale University.

Dr. Rice is survived by his wife Terri. He was born in Cambridge, Mass.

The Sacred Heart University community will hold a memorial mass for Dr. Rice on Thursday, January 29th at 2:00 p.m. in University Commons. All are welcome.