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Professor named academic fellow at SEC Office of the Chief Accountant

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.


Alumnus Doug Coté featured on CNBC “Closing Bell”

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.


Dean Mark Higgins on NBC 10: Impact of recent Alex and Ani changes

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.

Waterfire Providence

College of Business at Waterfire

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: 90 years and counting

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 Nik Dholakia honored for excellence in research

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.


Assistant Dean Peg Ferguson Boyd named APAW Woman of the Year

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.

Paul Knott

Marketing major Paul Knott delivers student address at 2014 Commencement

Paul Knott, a marketing major and leadership studies minor from Saunderstown, R.I., was selected to deliver the student address at the 2014 Commencement ceremonies on May 18. An active student leader, Knott is a member of the Business Student Advisory Council, Student Entertainment Committee, and has been a leader in the URI Tour Guide program and the URI Orientation program. He plans to attend graduate school in higher education.

2013-14 Dean’s Excellence Award Recipients

2013-14 Dean’s Excellence Award Recipients

Congratulations go to the 2014 College of Business Dean’s Excellence Award recipients, who were honored on April 27, 2014. Each year, the College of Business Hall of Fame and Awards Committee seeks nominations of faculty members and administrative staff for the Dean’s Excellence Awards in the areas of Undergraduate Teaching, Graduate Teaching, Research, Service, and Administrative Support.


See special 90th anniversary feature in spring issue of QuadAngles.

The College of Business marks its 90th year with a series of special events this year. A special College of Business anniversary feature, “The Business of Innovation” in the the spring 2014 issue of QuadAngles includes a timeline, profiles, a history of the College’s past and current accomplishments—and plans for its exciting future.

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