Celebration of Leaders

“The greatest measure of the success of an institution is the success of its graduates, and by that measure I believe the University of Rhode Island truly is one of the best institutions in these United States of America.”

—URI President David M. Dooley

Above, top to bottom: Richard Pyle '67, M.A. '69, and Lourdes Martinez; Blanche Murray '41, Hon. '88, and Polly Eddy, Hon. '87, '98, widow of URI President Edward D. Eddy; Mindy Agosta '97, Antonio Cardi, Carl Engle '65, and Frank Burgess '70; Robert Alvine '88 and Tina Marie Evans; Daniel May, M.S. '84; President David Dooley and Thomas Wroe '72; Cornelius Kerwin, M.A. '73, and Ann Kerwin

What happens when leaders from regional and international business, medical and health services, NASA, the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, higher education, and the CIA come together? A celebration of accomplished people with a common thread that binds them: the University of Rhode Island.

URI President David M. Dooley recognized twenty suchleaders at an evening of lively conversation, fine dining, and fun, held at the Newport Marriott on October 27, 2012.


Sensata Technologies, Inc. Attleboro, Massachusetts

Ernest Mario, M.S. ’63, Ph.D. ’66, Hon. ’91 Chairman and CEO, Capnia

Thomas Wroe, Jr. ’72, Hon. ’06 Chairman and CEO, Sensata Technologies, Inc.

Blanche R. Murray ’41, Hon. ’88 Retired Educator, Tolman High School

Cornelius M. Kerwin, M.A. ’73, Ph.D. President, American University


College of Arts and Sciences

Richard K. Pyle, Sr. ’67, M.A.’69, Ph.D. ABD, Retired U.S. Department of State, Central Intelligence Agency, Intelligence Community

Therese A. Rando ’74, M.A. ’75, Ph.D. ’80, Clinical Director and Founder, The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Loss

Douglas M. Rosie ’51, Ph.D., Assistant Provost, Chair and Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, University of Rhode Island

College of Business Administration

Robert J. Alvine ’88, President, General Manager, Premier Subaru and Premier Kia

Keith M. Moore ’74, Ph.D ’04, Managing Director, Event-Driven Research, MKM Partners

Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education

Jay Spitulnik, Ph.D. ABD, Organizational Consultant, Lifespan Learning Institute

College of Engineering

Carl C. Engle ’65, Vice President and Chief Engineer, Cardi Corporation

RADM Daniel R. May, M.S. ’84, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard

College of the Environment and Life Sciences

Jonathan L. Feinstein ’77, M.C.P. ’79, Senior Vice President, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.

Captain Thomas A. Marnane, M.M.A. ’70, NavE, Retired Vice President of Logistics, Matson Navigation Company; Retired U.S. Navy Captain

College of Human Science and Services

John Wardle ’78, Senior Vice President of Client Services, CVS Caremark

College of Nursing

Kristen M. Swanson ’75, Ph.D., Dean, Alumni Distinguished Professor, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Associate Chief Nursing Officer for Academic Affairs, UNC Hospitals

College of Pharmacy

Dr. Keith P. Lewis ’76, Professor of Anesthesiology, Boston University School of Medicine; Chairman of Anesthesiology, Boston Medical Center

Graduate School

Carrie Byron, Ph.D. ’10, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Matthew Ortoleva, M.A. ’03, Ph.D. ’10, Assistant Professor of English and Writing Center Director, Worcester State University

Graduate School of Oceanography

Mary A. Voyteck, M.S. ’84, Ph.D., Director, NASA Astrobiology Program