Dr. Frank D. Sanchez is the president of Rhode Island College. Previously Dr. Sanchez was appointed as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the City University of New York (CUNY). Today, CUNY is the largest urban, public university in America serving over 500,000 students across 23 institutions.
For over 20 years Dr. Frank D. Sanchez has worked to advance campus student services, programs and policies aimed at increasing student success and degree completion. Prior CUNY Dr. Sanchez served as the chief student affairs officer and Associate Vice Chancellor at the University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Center. During his tenure Dr. Sanchez led the establishment of several new student services including a Dean of Students, campus housing, veteran student services, community standards and wellness as well as provided the primary leadership for consolidating all centralized student services at the Downtown Denver and Anschutz Medical Center campuses. While at UC Denver Dr. Sanchez secured a number of Federal and State grants in excess of $6 million for pre-collegiate and community college partnerships.
Dr. Sanchez has presented at numerous national conferences and consulted on an assortment of content areas including student recruitment, retention, policy, evidence-based practice and diversity with a devoted emphasis on serving low income and first-generation students. In 2011, Dr. Sanchez was selected to the Gates Millennium Scholars Advisory Board and in 2008 was appointed to the Governor’s P-20 Education Council in Colorado assisting with legislative recommendations aimed at increasing college degrees and certificates while also reducing the high school drop-out rate. In 2007, Dr. Sanchez was selected to the National Association of State and University Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) National Taskforce on the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA).
Dr. Sanchez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with minors in Communication and Chicano Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a Master of Science degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Colorado State University and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration with a minor in Learning, Cognition and Instruction from Indiana University-Bloomington.