What Drives Us

All of us at the Gabelli School of Business are dedicated to one primary objective-the success of our students. This is driven by our Mission and Vision statements, that embrace the importance of experiential learning, ethics and global awareness; our faculty advising program in which all freshmen are assigned a faculty advisor regardless of whether or not they have declared a major; our small class size; the technology that supports the business education offered and the incredible opportunities that await you here and beyond our campus.


The Mario J. Gabelli School of Business emphasizes excellence in classroom engagement and experiential learning opportunities to develop independent thinkers who understand the responsible and global application of theory to practice.


Our vision is to be the school of choice for those who seek excellence in business education framed by personal attention and enhanced by experiential opportunities and the strongest emphasis on positive outcomes for students.

The Gabelli School of Business has five undergraduate Program Outcomes that are closely tied to mission and that include:

  • Students will incorporate critical and analytical thinking when solving business problems.
  • Students will be able to function successfully in a team environment
  • Students will demonstrate professional communication skills.
  • Students will incorporate ethical dimensions when solving business problems.
  • Students will demonstrate awareness of diversity influences on global business activities.

The world of business is characterized by constant change, uncertainty and opportunities. And nowhere can you get a better preparation for these challenges than at the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business at Roger Williams University. Our programs are designed to prepare individuals to thrive in a dynamic, global marketplace and to achieve career goals and success.

In the Gabelli School of Business (GSB), we provide a distinctive mix of faculty excellence and individualized attention to create a superb learning environment in which you can excel. In this unique setting, you will learn to critically analyze business issues, work in a team environment, apply current technologies to resolving business challenges and effectively communicate your ideas. We are one of just 5 percent of the world’s business schools to hold the elite accreditation of AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, adding further distinction to our School.  We are also located in one of the most beautiful areas of the U.S., with a campus that sits on a bluff overlooking Mt. Hope Bay.  Our serene and picturesque location is conducive to academic achievement, but within a short distance of the world business centers of New York and Boston.

We are proud of our dedicated faculty in the GSB and of our low student-faculty ratio. Each student is assigned a faculty advisor who provides individual attention on issues ranging from class scheduling to career preparation. We encourage all students in the GSB to participate in our internship program, either here in the U.S. or abroad, earning academic credit or gaining valuable professional experience during their college years. Students also have the opportunity to work as consultants to businesses and nonprofit organizations through activities such as our Small Business Support and Community Partnerships Centers. Many business majors also take advantage of the University’s study abroad options, spending a summer or a semester in another country. Our hands-on Center for Advanced Financial Education (CAFÉ) is an award-winning program in which student fund managers invest a real-dollar stock portfolio and compete throughout the world on their performance.  This program, and others, are supported by current technologies in our Financial Services Center, which includes Bloomberg terminals. Many business majors are also available as minors, or in unique combinations, such as Marketing and Web Development.

Our excellent faculty and quality programs provide you with the foundation of knowledge and experience you need to become a successful and ethical business leader. Along with your talents and motivation, this is a great combination for making your mark on the world. We hope you will give serious consideration to the opportunities that await you in the Gabelli School of Business. We welcome your interest in our unique model of business education, as well as your questions, and invite you to visit us during an upcoming Open House or through one of the excellent programs coordinated by the Office of Admissions. 

Susan McTiernan, Dean
Mario J. Gabelli School of Business
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A group of distinguished business leaders, from the profit and non-profit sectors, provide invaluable external perspective and counsel for the school’s endeavors.

Mr. Michael Integlia
Advisory Council Chair
Michael Integlia Company

Ms. Kathy Andrade
CEO of Retail  Financial Services
TIAA / Financial Services

Mr. Hans Christensen
MJX Management, LLC

Mr. Charles Coelho, '96
Dunkin’ Donuts

Mr. Robert Engel, Jr., ‘80
Air Purchases of New Hampshire

Mr. Mario J. Gabelli
Chairman, CEO
Gabelli Asset Management, Inc.

Mr. Peter Heard ‘80
National Accounts Vice President
The Travelers Companies

Mr. Paul Lavallee, ‘76
Retired Software Venture Owner

Mr. Ned McCrory, CPA
Managing Partner
Batchelor, Frechette, McCrory, Michael & Co.

Mr. Keith A. Mills, CFA, '88
Head of Research & Analysis
Trillium Asset Management, LLC

Mr. Ross Nelson
Vice President - Northeast Region
Cox Business

Ms. Debra P. Stokes. ‘70
Vice President – Financial Advisor
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Global Wealth Management