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URI Marketing Grad wins “America’s Got Talent”

For Mat Franco, magic has always been less about the tricks and more about fun and a connection with the audience. And whether the audience was a few friends gathered around a table, hundreds of freshmen at URI orientation sessions, thousands watching at Radio City Music Hall or millions watching on TV, the URI grad always made you feel like you were the only one in the room.


This Week Could be Magic for Mat Franco

Mat Franco ’10 is preparing for another electrifying performance at Radio City Music Hall on September 16 when he competes on America’s Got Talent against five other finalists for $1 million and a headline show in Las Vegas.


Watch Mat Franco ’10 on URI Livestream

URI alumnus, entrepreneur, and magician extraordinaire Mat Franco visited URI on August 13 to share stories about his “America’s Got Talent” experience.


PBN: URI business school still growing at 90

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.”


Marketing grad is magician and entrepreneur extraordinaire

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 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.


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