News and Events
URI alumnus, entrepreneur, and magician extraordinaire Mat Franco visited URI on August 13 to share stories about his “America’s Got Talent” experience.
From the Providence Business News, July 21-27, 2014: “The only business school in the state offering a doctorate, the University of Rhode Island’s College of Business Administration shows no signs of slowing a longstanding commitment to growth.”
When Mat Franco graduated in 2010, his big idea was to use his new business skills to promote and advance his career as a magician. You could say he’s done that. He’s formed a talent agency featuring the best college performers, and is now on his way to Radio City for the “America’s Got Talent” live rounds. “It wouldn’t have even been a possibility without the business education I received at URI,” he said.
Professor Judy Beckman has been named the Academic Fellow in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Chief Accountant in Washington, D.C. The only accounting professor nationwide to be selected for this annual fellowship, she will serve in the Office of the Chief Accountant’s Professional Practice Group under Deputy Chief Accountant Brian Croteau.
On July 10, URI College of Business alumnus Doug Coté ’82 was featured on CNBC’s “Closing Bell” segment. Chief Market Strategist for Voya Investment Management, Coté contributes regularly to “Closing Bell” in addition to other media outlets.
Mark Higgins, dean of the URI College of Business Administration, is featured on NBC 10 WJAR’s Business Lunch on July 8 talking about the impact of recent changes at Alex and Ani.
See photos from the Waterfire Providence event sponsored by the College of Business on June 14 in honor of its 90th anniversary. Learn more about this special evening.
The faces of business at the University of Rhode Island have something in common—they are always looking toward the future. It was true in 1923 when the University, then known as Rhode Island State College, designed a business program as an experiment “to infuse a breadth of vision” into the state’s growing post-WWI economy.
Professor of Marketing Nikhilesh Dholakia was selected to receive the URI Advanced Career Faculty Research Award. During his 33 years at URI he has authored more than 100 articles, 11 books, and 70 book chapters, and his publications have been cited more than 3,000 times. Professor Dholakia’s current research is in the areas of Information Technology (IT) infrastructure, e-business strategy and behavior, globalization, and consumption. His work with researchers worldwide has enhanced URI’s reputation as a top business program. He was honored at the URI Excellence Awards ceremony on May 14, and recognized at the University’s Commencement ceremonies on May 18.
The URI Association for Professional and Academic Women has chosen Peggy Ferguson Boyd as its 2014 Woman of the Year. Serving as assistant dean of the College of Business Administration since 2004, Dean Boyd oversees all student affairs operations for the College, which enrolls more than 1,500 undergraduates and 350 graduate students. Boyd designed the College’s credit-bearing internship programs and was responsible for a 300 percent increase in placements, with 89 percent of students completing internships.
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