David Proulx Death – David Roland Proulx, a well-known leader in higher education passed away on Thursday, the 7th of July 2022. He was 52 years old. The cause of David Proulx’s death is currently unknown to the public. For more than 25 years, he was married to Rachel Kate Adams Proulx, and he raised three children—Madeleine Merrill Proulx, Evan Adams Proulx, and Maxwell “Max” Adams Proulx—with all his heart.
Dave was born on March 15th, 1970 in Manchester, NH to Anita S. (Bolduc) Proulx and the late Gerald C. Proulx of Bedford, NH. The young athletes of Durham’s Oyster River Youth Athletic program knew him fondly as “Coach Dave” and considered him one of the program’s greatest champions.
He was a devoted Red Sox fan and a diehard fan of any Boston sports team. Dave served as Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration at Rhode Island School of Design and Interim President for a period, and he is well regarded as a national expert in college and university finance. In August, he was scheduled to begin his role as Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer at Bryant University.
Dave’s previous positions include those of Vice President of Finance and Administration at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Associate Vice President of Finance at the University of New Hampshire. He served as a Commissioner for the New England Commission of Higher Education.
Dave was a board member of the Boston Consortium, the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers, and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. Dave was also a member of the Public Expenditure Council of Rhode Island. He attended Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education’s Management Development Program and earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire.
Attending concerts with lifelong friends and visiting New England with his wife were his favorite pursuits. In his spare time, he might be found fishing in the ocean or Lake Champlain in Vermont (albeit he couldn’t beat his son, Max). Dave embraced life’s possibilities.
Dave was a pillar of his community. Both professionally and personally, he was fair, kind, amusing, and steadfast. Dave brought comfort and joy to many. He was looked up to and relied on by many. His death leaves a vacuum in the large network of individuals he loved. Dave would tell his family, friends, and colleagues to rely on each other, get outside, and do what they love.