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David Proulx

Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration

Rhode Island School of Design

Koya partnered with the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) on its Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration search.

RISD is a private, nonprofit college founded in Providence, RI in 1877—making it one of the first art and design schools in the US. Approximately 2,480 students from around the world are engaged in liberal arts studies and rigorous, studio-based learning at RISD, where they choose from 19 studio majors and earn bachelor’s or master’s degrees in the fine arts, architecture, design or art education.

Our work with RISD resulted in the placement of David Proulx.

David Proulx Bio.

Proulx comes to RISD with 25 years of higher education financial management and administrative experience. Proulx was most recently the Vice President of Finance and Administration and Treasurer and Special Advisor to the President for Revenue at Franklin & Marshall College where he served for six years. He oversaw a $150 million annual budget as well as all areas of financial management, human resources, facilities and operations, auxiliary services, information technology services, and public safety. Proulx led the implementation of a new administrative software system, helped develop an integrated facilities plan leading to the renovation of several buildings, initiated and oversaw a process leading to a partnership with UPenn Lancaster General Health to provide health and wellness services to students, managed the refinancing of $90 million of debt, assumed the role of Title IX Coordinator on an interim basis and led the development of the College’s first Sustainability Master Plan among other accomplishments.

Prior to his time at Franklin & Marshall, Proulx spent 14 years at the University of New Hampshire with his first role leading the implementation of a complete restructuring of the University’s budget management process and promoted to Associate Vice President for Finance overseeing the University’s $500 million operating budget. Proulx led the implementation of a human resources information system at the University and served on steering committees and management teams for facilities projects totaling more than $200 million, including the development of the EcoLine, an innovative and award-winning energy project.

Proulx was an interim Associate Vice President for Human Resources and the point person for an affiliation agreement between the University and Franklin Pierce Law Center, now the UNH School of Law. Proulx co-taught a business course at the University for several years. Before his work at the University, Proulx served as a senior auditor for the University System of New Hampshire.

Proulx is a native of Bedford, New Hampshire and earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a MBA from the University of New Hampshire. He also completed the Management Development Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.