Former ADJ chair Lois A. Wims joins Worcester State University as provost

Lois A. Wims, the former chair of Salve Regina’s administration of justice department, has joined Worcester State University as its new provost and vice president for academic affairs. Wims, the first female police officer to serve in Central Falls, R.I. history, received her master of science degree in criminal justice from Salve Regina, and later served as assistant professor in its ADJ department from 1989-1994 before being appointed chairman in 1997.

Most recently, she served as dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI). In her new post, Wims will oversee academics following Worcester State’s recently completed hiring plan that brought 53 new faculty to campus during the last three years.

Earlier in her career, Wims served on a governor's select commission to improve community relations and racial sensitivity within Rhode Island’s police departments. She has held academic leadership positions at a number of higher education institutions, including Bristol Community College, Salve Regina, University of Rhode Island, Mercy College, and the University of South Alabama.

“Dr. Wims’s leadership skills are evident. She will bring energy and commitment to ensuring our academic enterprise moves forward, and she has a breadth of experience that will help us work together to achieve Worcester State University’s strategic goals,” said President Barry Maloney.