PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Saturday WaterFire lighting will be dedicated to the memory of the late Roger Williams University president, Donald J. Farish.

According to a press release from WaterFire, the lighting is to honor Farish "for his inspiring leadership and his transformative impact on our community and our nation."

"President Farish loved the University, its students and the challenges he faced in building the institution," WaterFire's artistic director Barnaby Evans said in a statement. "He was an articulate and active national spokesman for the importance of higher education and the necessity of keeping college both relevant and affordable. Under Farish’s leadership, the University flourished and expanded; enlarging its spheres of engagement in many directions."

Farish had been president of the university since 2011 and had just announced his retirement when he died from a sudden illness on July 5 at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Roger Williams University's interim president Andrew Workman, interim chief operating officer and executive vice president for finance Jerome Williams, and chief diversity officer Ame O. Lambert will light the bonfires at sunset at 8:20 p.m.