Presidential News

Stay informed about important developments, strategic initiatives, community achievements, and other news from the President's Office.

Welcome to Presidential News, where we celebrate the great things happening at RWU and recognize the ways our strong community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and partners help us realize our mission. There are so many people working across our university to strengthen society through engaged teaching and learning, and alumni who go off to make the changes our world needs next. Read along as we continue to find ways for RWU to be part of that difference.

Presidential Accomplishments

Rocks on shore of bayRWU and Narragansett Bay Estuary Program Receive $1.1 Million Federal Award to Fund Watershed Protection Projects

RWU-NBEP partnered projects enable preservation, restoration and improvement of R.I.’s waterways, estuaries and watersheds, as well as student internships to address coastal resiliency.

Joyce and Bill CummingsRoger Williams University Announces $20 Million Partnership with Cummings Foundation

University to rededicate architecture school as Cummings School of Architecture, in recognition of transformative partnership and new Real Estate program

Student Achievements 

RWU student builds a wind turbine with childrenRWU Students Teach Fourth Graders About Wind Energy and the Engineering Design Process

Engineering and Education majors team up for KidWind, instructing fourth graders on engineering and how to design and build their own model-scale wind turbines.

MBA students stand in a groupGetting the International Business Experience of a Lifetime

Master of Business Administration students travel to Greece to serve as crisis management consultants to four businesses as part of their international learning opportunity.

Faculty Highlights

Gentles-PeartGentles-Peart Receives Fulbright Scholar Award to Research Black Body Politics

Kamille Gentles-Peart’s reparative justice scholarship aims to center and amplify the lives and experiences of Black women in postcolonial Caribbean countries.

Diya Das HeadshotRWU Appoints Diya Das as Dean of School of Business

Respected scholar of leadership excellence, Das has led development of business education programming and student engagement initiatives.

Alumni Spotlights

PBN 40 under forty headshotsRWU Alumni Named to PBN’s 2023 40 Under Forty List

Honorees are recognized for their career success and involvement within their communities.

Robert ClarkeAt the Forefront of the Black Architectural Movement

Robert Clarke ’14 M’16 shares his thoughts on creating a Black architectural style, his design inspirations, and why he chose to study at RWU.