The Giving Effect

A Legacy Built Together

President Donald J. Farish’s bold leadership transformed the way students learn, access education and thrive at RWU and RWU Law. With your support, he delivered hands-on learning opportunities through community-engaged work that develops our students as outstanding scholars and great citizens. We instill a heart of service in our students that changes how they feel about themselves, and the way they view the world, long after graduation. Sadly, President Farish passed away July 5, 2018, but we’ve built this legacy together and it will continue to live on in his name.

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A Lasting Legacy

From defining our mission and core values to focusing on experiential learning and expanding access to higher education, President Farish created a foundation that will guide Roger Williams University for many years. Learn about President Farish’s visionary course for the future of RWU – strengthening society through engaged teaching and learning.

Explore His Legacy
Student shares her memories of President Farish.

A Beloved President

To the RWU community, President Farish represented hope, dedication to inclusion, and advocacy that everyone should have the right to a college education. He was a ubiquitous presence on campus and beloved by students, who called him, simply, “Farish.” Hear about the impact he made with the student and faculty community and among the greater community.

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President Farish and Maia with student leaders at senior reception.

A Thoughtful Leader

Many remember President Farish as a fearless advocate for change in higher education. He was a champion for our students. He boldly forged a deeper partnership with our surrounding communities. And he was a visionary who transformed students’ lives by developing engaged and active scholars dedicated to making a meaningful impact on society.

Help Us Continue His Legacy!

In response to numerous requests from the university community for ways to honor the life and legacy of President Farish, we have established the President Donald J. Farish Memorial Fund. Gifts to this fund will support the many critical initiatives of the Civic Scholars Program at RWU. These programs enable RWU students to contribute as thoughtful leaders and good neighbors long after graduation.

Make a Gift to the President Farish Memorial Fund

Thank you for supporting our students!

We are honored to acknowledge the impact that our many donors and volunteers have on the lives of RWU and RWU Law students and graduates, and, in turn, on the communities they serve.
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