Paul DePace is currently the director of the Office of Capital Projects which oversees construction and renovation at the University of Rhode Island. He graduated from UNI with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a M.B.A. and is registered professional engineer.
In his junior year at URI, an injury from an automobile accident opened a new path to community service and sport. Paul became an advocate for persons with disabilities in the state of Rhode Island and in the field of adaptive sport. His volunteerism would eventually take him around the world to places such as Beijing, Moscow, Sydney, Capetown, and Tehran.
Beginning in 1968 and over the years, Paul played the role of wheelchair athlete, coach, team leader, Board member and Board Chair for Adaptive Sports USA. He helped organize the first Rhode Island wheelchair track and basketball team and launched a nonprofit organization to serve a need. In addition, Paul was instrumental in placing the first seven wheelchair racers in the Boston Marathon.
Paul is currently the President Emeritus for the International Wheelchair Amputee Sports Federation, an organization with 80 member nations and founder of the Paralympic Movement. He is a former member of the United States Olympic Committee Board of Directors, former member of International Paralympic Committee Board of Directors, former President of NEWAA, and former Chairman of for 18 years of Adaptive Sports USA and Chef de Mission for the U.S. Paralympic Team for the 1992 Barcelona Paralympic Games. He has attended 12 summer and winter Paralympic Games dating back to 1976, has been awarded the IPC Paralympic Order and a member of the Rhode Island Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame.