business engagement center

73 Upper College Rd., Kingston, RI 02881 – 401.874.7084

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Katharine Hazard Flynn

Executive Director


A key relationship builder for the University of Rhode Island, Katharine Hazard Flynn leads the University’s new Business Engagement Center. The BEC serves as a “front-door” to companies and businesses looking to engage with the University for any purpose, including seeking students for internships, sponsoring research, accessing information on technology transfer, taking advantage of conference planning services, workforce development and other vital areas.

Flynn also serves as director of the URI Foundation’s Corporate and Foundation Relations unit, and leads efforts on behalf of the University to secure philanthropic support from local, statewide, national and international corporations and charitable foundations.  In this role, Flynn works to identify and maximize opportunities to enhance the University’s overall competitiveness and its impact on the State of Rhode Island.

Before joining the Foundation, Flynn served as a director at the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. Her experience at the EDC provided Flynn with a valuable understanding and knowledge about the business community, including the needs and interests of many companies, whether small or large in size.

She has significant experience in the finance industry as well, holding a number of senior level positions at Prudential Bache, Alex Brown & Sons, Toronto Dominion Securities and Societe General. She is an alumna of Brown University.



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