Robert L. Carothers (born September 3, 1942) served as the tenth president of the University of Rhode Island from 1991 to 2009.
He received his B.A. degree from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania in 1965. He joined Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and was elected the President of the Fraternity twice.  Carothers earned a Ph.D. degree at Kent State University in 1969. He also obtained a J.D. degree from the McDowell School of Law, University of Akron in 1980.
Carothers retired in May 2009. David M. Dooley, former Provost at the Montana State University, took over as the University's 11th President.
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