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URI appoints new College of Business Administration Dean

An innovative academic leader and researcher, Maling Ebrahimpour of St. Petersburg, Fla., has been appointed dean of the University of Rhode Island College of Business Administration. Donald H. DeHayes, URI provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, made the appointment following a national search.


Alumnus Bill Eigen ’90 featured in Barron’s Q&A on rising interest rates

In a June 27 piece in Barron’s—Rising Interest Rates: A JP Morgan Pro Gets Ready—Bill Eigen ’90, manager of the $21 billion JPMorgan Strategic Income Opportunities Fund, looks ahead as the Federal Reserve gets closer to raising short-term interest rates.


More than $165,000 donated to honor Retired Professor Spencer Martin

Long before Richard J. Harrington ‘73 donated more than $5 million to URI, he was a business student taking Professor Spencer Martin’s accounting classes—where he learned far more than accounting. This spring, Professor Martin retired after 45 years of teaching here, and a scholarship endowment in his name has already received more than $165,000 in contributions from the URI community—including a $100,000 gift from Harrington.


Kathy Conlon flies high with the Blue Angels

CBA Academic Advisor Kathy Conlon is one of two Rhode Islanders who were named “key influencers” and chosen to fly with the Blue Angels on May 28, prior to the 2015 R.I. Air National Guard Air Show. Nominated by one of her students who’s in the National Guard, Conlon and retired New England Patriots player Matt Light were selected for the honor.

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Cynthia Blanthorne honored for Teaching Excellence

On May 13, the University of Rhode Island Foundation presented Associate Professor of Accounting Cynthia Blanthorne with this year’s URI Teaching Excellence Award. She will be recognized for her distinction in the field of teaching at the University’s 2015 Commencement ceremonies.


URI Introduces RI’s first Master of Science in Finance program

The College of Business Administration has added a new graduate program that many students and professionals in the finance industry can count on to sharpen their skills. The new master of science in finance (MSF) will be the first and only program of its kind to be offered in Rhode Island and will join the College’s other accredited graduate programs in business at the Providence Campus.


URI Marketing Chapter recognized for excellence

The URI Chapter of the American Marketing Association received a commendable mention in the Case Competition at the organization’s 37th Annual International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans. The chapter was also recognized for exemplary chapter performance in membership, fundraising, and communications. This honor was a first for the URI Chapter.

Denise Fletcher

Xerox Healthcare Innovation Leader to speak on April 7

Denise L. Fletcher, vice president and chief innovation officer for Healthcare Payer, Pharma and Life Sciences at Xerox, is featured speaker at the College’s 8th Annual Vangermeersch Lecture at 5:30 p.m., April 7, URI’s Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences. Fletcher’s address, “Is there an App for that?,” will describe how technology is and can be used to improve people’s health.


Alumnus Chris Wolfe featured on CNBC’s Squawk Box

Chris Wolfe, a 1991 B.S. grad with a major in finance, was featured on CNBC’s Squawk Box, sharing his outlook on the markets and economy. Wolfe is Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer
for Portfolio Solutions, Private Banking and Investment Group & Institutional at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.


Win Big in Business. Again.

For the second year in a row, URI business students took first place at the annual Minority Business Conference Case Competition sponsored by the Boston Metropolitan Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants. Not only that, another CBA team placed third. Last year was the first time a URI team participated in the competition, which until then had been dominated by Boston-area business schools.

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