Search Committee

The Presidential Search Committee includes various constituencies and will support the Board of Trustees in their discernment throughout the selection process.


Timothy E. Baxter

Timothy E. Baxter ’83
Committee Co-Chair

As President and CEO of Samsung Electronics North America, Tim Baxter is responsible for the continued growth and success of Samsung’s $30 billion+ consumer and enterprise businesses across Samsung Electronics America and Samsung Electronics Canada. Tim is an industry veteran with more than 30 years of sales, marketing and leadership experience in consumer electronics, IT and mobile. He joined Samsung in 2006 as Executive Vice President of sales and marketing for the consumer electronics division of Samsung Electronics America and has held a series of executive leadership positions with Samsung during his tenure.

Prior to joining Samsung, Tim spent 10 years at Sony Corporation of America, where he rose to become Senior Vice President of strategic marketing. He also spent 13 years at AT&T and Lucent Technologies leading marketing, product management and sales for various categories in their residential phone businesses.

Mr. Baxter graduated from Roger Williams University with a Bachelor of Science in marketing and is currently on the Board of Trustees. He holds an honorary degree from Roger Williams University and an honorary doctorate from South Carolina State University. Tim also serves on the Board of Directors at CTIA, the Anti-Defamation League’s Consumer Electronics Chapter and Junior Achievement USA. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the Consumer Technology Association, and as Vice President of the Roger Williams University Alumni Association.

Jerrold Lavine

Jerrold L. Lavine HD’09
Committee Co-Chair

Mr. Lavine is Chair and CEO of the Freeman Group, Ltd., a management and private investment firm. He received an honorary degree from Roger Williams University in 2009.

Mr. Lavine is a member of the Council of National Trustees for National Jewish Health. He has served on the board of Temple Emanu-El in Providence, RI, where he is currently a member of its endowment committee. Mr. Lavine has served on the board of the Miriam Hospital Foundation, Jewish Federation of RI and YMCA of Greater Providence. He has been a trustee of the RI Commodores and the 100 Club of RI and is an honorary life trustee of the RI Philharmonic.

Marcia Morris

Marcia Morris
Committee Co-Chair

Ms. Morris spent her 40-year career serving in executive management roles and as the chief legal officer for several major for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises. She served as the first General Counsel for The Stride Rite Corporation (NYSE) from 1983 to 1992, and for the last three of those years as the President of the Stride Rite Children’s Wholesale Division, as well. In 1994, Ms. Morris joined The Presbyterian Hospital in the City of New York as its Chief Legal Officer and Senior Vice President for Strategy, and after merging that enterprise with New York Hospital, she served in those same roles for New York Presbyterian Hospital until 2000. Over the ensuing 16 years, Ms. Morris served in a strategic consulting capacity for The College Board, as Vice President of Government Affairs and Corporate Relations for Praecis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NASDQ), and in an Of Counsel capacity for The Center for Applied Research (CFAR).

Marcia received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Connecticut College, her law degree from Boston University School of Law, and a Master of Public Administration from The Kennedy School at Harvard University.

Ms. Morris has served on the Board of Trustees of Roger Williams University since 2009, as a Vice Chair of the Board since 2016, as Chair of the Recruitment, Retention and Student Life Committee since 2010, and as Chair of the Fund for Civic Scholars since 2016.

She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of The Center for Women and Enterprise, and previously served on the Board of Trustees of The Marine Biology Laboratory, New England College and The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.

Jerrold Adams

Jerauld C. Adams

Mr. Adams is President of North American Industries, Inc. in Central Falls. He founded the real estate development and management company in 1999. The company owns and manages square footage exceeding 200,000 with over 100 tenants. Previously, Mr. Adams worked as an environmental engineer.

Mr. Adams is on the board of the Old Slater Mill Association and the Hope Club. He has served on the boards of the RI Commerce Corporation, the Beacon Mutual Insurance Company, the Adams Memorial Library, and the Rhode Island College Foundation.

He is a former member of the RWU President’s Advisory Council.

Susan Bosco

Susan Bosco, Ph.D.

Susan Bosco is a Professor of Management and has been at the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business for 19 years. At the university she has served in a variety of roles, including Faculty Senate President, Faculty Union President, NEASC self-study co-leader, At-Large Faculty Representative for the General Education Curriculum and Planning Committee, Diversity & Inclusion Task Force Co-Leader. Prior to academia, she spent 10 years in the banking industry, last serving as Assistant Vice President of Branch Operations. In addition, she has consulted for a variety of companies in areas such as Customer Service, Project Management, Teamwork, Leadership, and Process Improvement. Dr. Bosco teaches Management Principles, Organizational Behavior, International Organizational Behavior and Managing Workplace Diversity. She has also incorporated Community Partnership projects into several classes.

Her areas of expertise in research include: Gender in organizations, pedagogical issues in management education, workplace diversity and corporate success, and current issues in the workplace. Her work has been published in the CASE Journal, Psychology Research, International Business Research, The Journal of Business Inquiry, Ethics and Education, Journal of the Academy of Business Education, and the Journal of Business Ethics. She has presented at conferences including the Academy of Management, Eastern Academy of Management, International Decision Sciences, Northeast Decision Sciences, and the Eastern Finance Association.

Joseph Brito

Joseph M. Brito, Jr.

Joseph M. Brito, Jr. is the President and CEO of C.B. Utility Co., Inc. & C. Brito Construction Co., Inc. He is the third generation of oversee the operations of these family-owned companies, which perform all phases of underground utility construction and are recognized leaders in emergency response for municipal utility systems throughout the New England area. Joe also operates in the commercial real estate sector as President and CEO of Tupelo Realty Co.

Joe enjoys contributing to local economic growth through consulting and collaborating with entrepreneurs, supporting start-up companies and mentoring youth and young professionals. Philanthropy is dear to Joe, and he continues to hold key role in the leadership of several non-profit organizations.

Robert Cole

Robert Cole, Ph.D.

Since joining RWU in 2006, Robert Cole, Ph.D., has served in multiple roles, including Dean of Arts & Sciences, Associate and Vice Provost. He has also served as Special Assistant to the President, working on leadership, vision, and strategic planning initiatives for the Institution.  In 2018, he became Acting Provost at Roger Williams University.

As Vice Provost, Cole oversaw core operational aspects of academic affairs, which included handling day-to-day functions within the division, facilitating curricular initiatives for general education and interdisciplinary programs, budgetary planning and oversight, personnel review processes, student issues including academic conduct, and he had primary administrative responsibility for the planning, organization and preparation of accreditation reports. Cole also provided campus co-leadership on various “High Impact Practice” initiatives, as well as directing Global and International programs, including study abroad.

Cole's research takes up critical perspectives on communicative activity as it relates to issues of identity constitution at the individual, socio-cultural, and institutional levels. He was an early proponent of teaching/learning technologies and edited a book on distance learning. Recent scholarship includes trends in higher education as well as faculty-led study abroad programs, with publications, workshops, and conference presentations at venues such as the American Association of Colleges & Universities and other outlets.

In addition to administrative work, Cole continues to teach courses in the areas of Communication Studies and Peace Studies, while also leading students on study abroad experiences

Doris De Los Santos

Doris De Los Santos

Ms. De Los Santos was Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s director of the Office of Municipal and External Affairs. From 1992-1995, she worked for RI Housing’s Lead Program and, in 1995, she joined the State Office of Housing and Communication Development. Later, she became head of the Office of Program Performance & Evaluation responsible for the oversight, evaluation, assessment, adjudication, and research of housing issues and programs for the State of RI.

Ms. De Los Santos is an advisory member and past board president of the RI Latino Civic Fund. She is a board member of Neighborhood Health Plan of RI, Family Service of RI, and the RI Martin Luther King Commission. In addition, she is a Governor’s appointee of the State of RI Parole Board. Ms. De Los Santos is a former vice president of the board of trustees of the Community Action Partnership of Providence and a former board member at Community MusicWorks.

Robert Dermody

Robert J. Dermody, AIA, NCARB

Robert J. Dermody is a Professor in the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation. He has been teaching at Roger Williams since 2004. His background bridges the realms of architecture and engineering. Bob has a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Master of Architecture degree with a concentration in Structures from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

He has worked for both architectural and engineering design firms in Boston, and lectured at serval schools of architecture. Currently, he teaches both design studios and technical courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Bob is also an inaugural Hassenfeld Fellow. On campus Bob has been active in many University wide committees including the Faculty Senate, the University Faculty Review Committee, NEASC reviews, the Engaged Learning initiative, and the RWU Vision Project. A native of Needham, MA, Bob has traveled extensively to photograph bridges and structures around the world to share with his students. He is a founding member of the Building Technology Educators Society, and is a registered architect in Massachusetts.

Kayla Devin

Kayla Devin '19

Kayla Devin ‘19 is from Ellicott City, Maryland and graduated from Howard High School. At RWU, she is a double major in Psychology and Marketing with a minor in Spanish. Kayla is the current Student Body President and has sat on the Student Senate since her freshman year. Her other campus involvements include playing on the Ultimate Frisbee team and working as a writing tutor and Health and Wellness Educator (HAWE).

Kayla is also active within the National Residence Hall Honorary, the business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, and the psychology honors society Psi Chi. Over her time at RWU, she has been able to study abroad on a faculty-led winter intersession trip to Chile and complete an internship within the Human Resources department in the Town of Barrington. After graduation, Kayla hopes to combine her passions for psychology and marketing through advanced research in graduate school before taking these skills into a professional career.

Larry Eichler

Larry Eichler, Esq.

Mr. Eichler is an attorney specializing in real estate and corporate transactional matters. He is also the founder and President of Eichler Realty Company, Inc., a real estate investment, management and general contracting company.

Mr. Eichler has founded, acquired, and sold several businesses. He owned the Dutch Harbor Boatyard in Jamestown, RI, from 2008-14, taking the yard out of receivership, renovating the site, and turning it into one of the most popular boating destinations in the Northeast.

In 2017, he founded the Brown University Veterans Alumni Council and serves as its President. Mr. Eichler is a member of the Board of Crossroads RI, Cherrystones Angel Group, Festival Ballet Providence and Professional Facilities Management. In 2014, he served as Special Assistant to Mayor Angel Taveras and was Acting Director of Providence Talks.

Ame Lambert

Ame Lambert, Ph.D.

Ame Lambert joined RWU in 2017 after working for more than a decade in diversity and inclusion leadership positions in higher education. Most recently, she served seven years, including as the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer, at Champlain College, in Burlington, Vt. In her role at Champlain College, she was responsible for defining and driving diversity and inclusion efforts, and helped lead the creation of a comprehensive infrastructure that included a strategic plan, innovative educational and cultural programming, and new partnerships across campus that strengthened institutional-wide practices and policies. As Chief Diversity Officer at RWU, Lambert will lead similar efforts toward improving diversity and inclusion at the university.

Lambert earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baylor University, a master’s degree in human resources and labor relations from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in human resources development, with a focus on organizational development and change, from the University of Texas at Tyler.

Bre' Anna Metts- Nixon

Bre' Anna Metts- Nixon '13

Bre’ Anna Metts- Nixon ‘13 is from Providence, Rhode Island. During her time at RWU she was an Intercultural Leadership Ambassador, served as the Multicultural Student Union President, and was the On Site Director of the Bridge to Success Program. In her role as On Site Director, she was responsible for developing programs to provide inner-city students with free SAT test prep and tools to successfully apply for college.

As an undergraduate Bre’Anna had the opportunity to work as a Public Relations representative at Blurb Music PR in London, England. As a PR Representative Bre’Anna was responsible for taking a lead role in communicating with regional BBC radio stations and working closely with clients on promoting their work.

She is currently a second year law student at RWU Law. She is the Recording Secretary of the RWU Law Student Bar Association, a student leader for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, and a Trial Team member. Now that Bre’Anna is back on campus, she continues to take a lead role in helping to improve diversity and inclusion efforts at the University and among the student body.

Bre’Anna holds a B.A in Media Communications from RWU and a M.S in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University.

Paola Prado

Paola Prado, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Journalism and Digital Media in the Communication Department at Roger Williams University who specializes in digital journalism and multimedia production. Her research on digital inclusion focuses on the adoption of information and communication technologies for development and social change in Latin America. Prado has authored journal articles and book chapters on topics related to digital inclusion, media diversity, and environmental risk news reporting in Latin America. She is co-author of Environmental News in South America: Conflict, Crisis and Contestation in the Palgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication.

A pioneer in online media, Prado directed content for the Latin American and U.S. Latino arm of RealNetworks and led U.S. operations for the Latino community portal El Sitio. Prado began her professional career at the Reuters television news agency, where she produced news reports for broadcast worldwide. She went on to lead affiliate relations for the pan regional cable news network CBS TeleNoticias and later, for the Weather Channel Latin America.

Prado holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Miami, a M.A. in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in Cinema from Denison University. She is fluent in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Todd Rechler

Todd Rechler '93

Mr. Rechler, a 1993 graduate of Roger Williams University, serves as Chief Construction and Development Officer and President of RXR’s Construction and Development companies. RXR is one of the Northeast’s leading real estate owners, developers and managers of commercial and luxury residential real estate.

Mr. Rechler has served on the board of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey. In 2009, New Jersey Governor-elect Chris Christie appointed him to his transition counsel. He served on the Economic Development and Growth Committee.

Mr. Rechler is a former trustee of the Paper Mill Playhouse, a not-for-profit arts organization. He has been active in several philanthropic, non-profit and civic organizations including the Westmont Montessori School, the Morristown Memorial Health Foundation, the New Jersey Make-A-Wish Foundation and the “All-Stars Program".

Jamie Scurry

Jamie Scurry

Jamie Scurry is the Vice President for University College at Roger Williams University, where she oversees the academic program, center for workforce and professional development, University Partners, business operations, and innovative efforts of the College. She is considered a leader in adult education and her innovative reforms are making Roger Williams University a premier institution for continuing studies. As the Dean of the School of Continuing Studies, Scurry transformed the school by developing programs and new models that remove the barriers to post-secondary education and ensure the public purposes of education are realized.

Prior to her work at Roger Williams University, Ms. Scurry was the Co-Director of College Unbound, a Big Picture Learning higher education initiative that integrates students’ own purposes and visions for learning with the needs of their workplaces and communities. She also worked as the Director for Policy and Research at the New England Board of Higher Education and as a Research Associate for The Futures Project: Policy for Higher Education in a Changing World, based at Brown University.

Ms. Scurry holds a master’s degree in American Civilization from Brown University where she also was an Adjunct Assistant Professor, teaching Leadership and Organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Management with a concentration in Marketing from Bentley College. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Academy for Career Exploration (ACE), the Latino Policy Institute (LPI) and Housing Works RI. Ms. Scurry’s work has been published widely since 2002.

Renee Soto

Renee Soto

Arrived at RWU in 2004. An Associate Professor of Creative Writing with disciplinary expertise in Poetry, Professor Soto’s research and teaching focus on mid-20th – 21st century poetry and poetics. She has extensive editorial experience in literary publishing and editing, including editorships at The Greensboro Review, and Southern Poetry Review literary journals. Currently, she serves as a contributing editor to the poetry journal Cave Wall. Her own poems have appeared in several literary journals. Soto’s university service includes the recent Registrar Search, Faculty Senate Vice President, Chair RWUFA Contract Committee, and member of the RWUFA Negotiating Team. Last May, she was awarded the RWU Excellence in Teaching Award. Education: BA Mary Washington College, MFA University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Jen Stanley
Jen Stanley

Jen Stanley

Jen joined the Roger Williams University community in January of 1997 and currently serves as Associate Dean and Title IX Coordinator. During her time at RWU, she has been a member of a variety of campus initiatives and task force groups. Jen currently oversees the Green Dot Bystander Intervention efforts, chairs the Title IX Task Force, and co-chairs the Diversity & Inclusion Climate and Intergroup Relations subcommittee.

Jen has been a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) regional advisory board since 2000, serving in a variety of roles, currently serving as the regional Knowledge Community Coordinator. Jen also serves on the national board of directors of The Silent Witness Initiative, a volunteer organization addressing issues of relationship violence, specifically working with college students around the globe in an effort to make campuses safer for all students. She represents RWU as a member of the Rhode Island Cross-Campus Learning Collaborative for Sexual Violence Prevention.

Jen holds a degree in business finance from Bloomsburg University, a M.B.A., with a specialization in human resource management from La Salle University, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Johnson & Wales University.

William E. Smith

The Honorable William E. Smith

William E. Smith is the Chief U.S. District Judge of the District Court of Rhode Island. Before being appointed to the bench in 2002, he practiced law in Providence for 15 years, and was the staff director of the Rhode Island office of Senator Lincoln Chafee. He is also Chair of the Board and an adjunct professor at Roger Williams University School of Law, Chair of the District Judge Education Committee of the Federal Judicial Center, and serves on several other non-profit boards in Rhode Island. He holds degrees from Georgetown University and the Georgetown University Law Center. He and his wife, Chris, live in East Greenwich, RI.

Arlene Violet

Arlene Violet

Arlene Violet, the first woman elected State Attorney General in the U.S, is a weekly columnist and television news commentator. One treatise lists her as one of the 50 most influential women in law along with Former Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Hillary Clinton. Besides practicing law, her books, CONVICTIONS, MY JOURNEY FROM THE CONVENT TO THE COURTROOM was published by Random House and THE MOB AND ME by Simon and Schuster and her third book, DANCE OF THE CHAMELEON, was released in December 2015. She wrote the book for THE FAMILY, A MUSICAL ABOUT THE MOB, which was performed at Trinity Repertory Company. She is co-author of THE CENTURION which was performed in August 2013 at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre in NYC and at Roger Williams University. She has received over 100 awards for her community service. For over a decade, she taught at the Yale University Campaign School for Women. She was privileged to be a Sister of Mercy for 23 years!

Joseph D. Whelan

Joseph D. Whelan, Esq.

Mr. Whelan is a Partner at the law firm of Whelan, Corrente, Flanders, Kinder & Siket, LLP. Prior to that, he was a partner at Hinckley, Allen, & Snyder LLP, where he worked for 14 years.

He has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations, is a member of the Board of Directors and an adjunct professor of law for the Roger Williams University School of Law and was a member of the Board of Advisors for the RWU Pro Bono Collaborative.

Brian G. Williams

Brian G. Williams, D.M.

Brian Williams joined RWU as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing (EMM) in 2017. The EMM division encompasses the offices of undergraduate and graduate admission, the office of financial aid, and university marketing.

Mr. Williams’ career has spanned all facets of the enrollment profession at five institutions prior to joining the RWU team. Since the early ’90s, Mr. Williams has worked across admission, financial aid, student retention, assessment, data analytics and institutional strategic planning. His approach to enrollment management embraces strong analytic competency with service excellence to create a campus culture focused on recruiting the future alumni for RWU.

Mr. Williams earned a doctorate of management degree in 2016 from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. His dissertation focused on the effects of visual analytics on organizational decision-making behavior. He presents frequently at the regional and national level on enrollment management, strategic planning, and the strategic use of data visualization and analytics in enrollment management.

In addition to his doctoral degree, Mr. Williams earned his master’s degree in higher education administration from Boston College, and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of New Hampshire.

Jerome F. Williams

Jerome F. Williams

Jerome Williams came to Roger Williams University in early 2009 following an extensive career in state government and the financial services industry. Most recently, Mr. Williams served as the director of Rhode Island’s Department of Administration (DOA), a role he stepped into after a nomination from Governor Donald Carcieri.

Previously, Mr. Williams served as Department of Transportation director after more than a decade as deputy director of the DOA. His state government roles focused on a tremendous range of administrative functions including budgeting, internal auditing, accounting, purchasing, human resources, capital projects, facilities management and more. Prior to his tenure in state government, he served for nine years as a senior vice president of a major banking institution responsible for various business units.

In his role as executive vice president for finance and administration at RWU, Mr. Williams focuses much of his energy on merging the University’s fiscal needs with the expectations of students, families, alumni and employees with a close eye on ensuring that the University remains an effective, efficient organization. In July of 2018, the Board of Trustees named Mr. Williams as Interim Chief Operating Officer after the untimely passing of the President of Roger Williams University. Within this role, Mr. Williams, in addition to his role as Chief Financial Officer, will be responsible for the timely execution of policy and operational measures outlined by the Board and Interim President along with additional internal and external reporting within the operations of the University.

Mr. Williams holds two bachelor’s degrees from Bryant University, where he studied institutional management and accounting. He also earned a master’s in business administration with a specialization in accounting from Bryant in 1986.

Timothy Yeaton

Timothy B. Yeaton ’80

Mr. Yeaton, a 1980 summa cum laude graduate of Roger Williams University, has more than 35 years of software and technology management experience. He is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT). Prior to Red Hat, he was CEO and President of Black Duck Software, and previously CEO and President of Avaki Corporation.

He is a pioneer and thought leader in open source software development. In 2009, he was named one of the most influential people in the Open Source Software Industry by Mindtouch.

He has been a member of the board of directors for Monotype Imaging (NASDAQ: TYPE) since 2012. He was previously a member of the board of directors of Actuate (NASDAQ: BIRT), and for the New Hampshire High Technology Council. He is the co-owner of the Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown, NH.