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      I-Team: CCRI president to keep higher salary

      The president of the Community College of Rhode Island will keep his higher salary when he steps away from his secondary post.

      Four years ago, then-Gov. Don Carcieri asked CCRI President Ray Di Pasquale to take on a second job as interim commissioner of higher education.

      At the time, Di Pasquale was making $205,000 as CCRI president. For taking on the second position, Di Pasquale was given an additional $60,000 for the part-time job. That made his combined salary $265,000.

      But now that it appears the commissioner's job is going to be filled, Di Pasquale is going back to be president of CCRI.

      Mike Trainor of the Higher Education Commission said that when researching a new contract for Di Pasquale, it was found that the median salary for comparable community college presidents throughout the country was $274,000. So, the state offered Di Pasquale a deal that allows him to keep his combined salary of $265,000.

      Di Pasquale's new, higher salary for being president of CCRI will eventually boost his state pension, once he retires.

      Trainor said the state wanted to retain Di Pasquale because of the excellent job he does running Rhode Island's community college system.