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David A. Logan has been in charge of Roger Williams University School of Law for a decade, half of the school’s existence and an unusually long run for a law school dean. This past summer, Logan announced that the upcoming academic year will be his last as dean as he’ll focus exclusively on teaching law at Roger Williams next fall. more
Hedge funds are a polarizing topic across the country, but the Rhode Island state pension system’s investment in them at a time of major benefit cuts has drawn a backlash. University of Rhode Island finance professor Gordon H. Dash has researched hedge funds, hedge-fund forecasting and the use of neuroscience to inform hedge-fund investing. He teaches students the principals behind hedge funds and this year is organizing URI’s first student-run hedge fund. more
Seventy-five years ago last month, The Great New England Hurricane, or the Hurricane of ’38, altered the southern New England coastline and perception of the region’s vulnerability to severe weather. Since then, meteorologists have made huge advances in hurricane forecasting unimagined in the 1930s, while communities have built storm barriers and coastal fortifications. But we’re still vulnerable. Karen Clark, whose consulting firm advises businesses and insurance companies on catastrophe risk and modeling, has developed new tools for estimating the losses that will occur from different storm tracks. She recently released a report on what we could expect if a storm like the Hurricane of 1938 landed in New England today and discusses that and other unpleasant scenarios. more
Eily Cournoyer has quite the story to tell. more
As George Samuel Bottomley led centers for physician-assistant studies from Pennsylvania to Maine over the past decade, he envisioned launching a center in Rhode Island. Today, he is at the helm of a new program at Johnson & Wales University that this fall received provisional accreditation by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant Inc. more
The odd hours and unexpected demands of a real estate agent mean the job is not for everyone, even those with a passion for property. For Susan Arnold, having to respond to a client call the night before her wedding convinced her to look for more predictable work and she found it in corporate purchasing with Pratt & Whitney. But after night school produced a law degree, Arnold was drawn back to real estate, first as legal counsel and eventually CEO of the Rhode Island Association of Realtors, where her combination of corporate, legal and real estate experience was a good fit. Now in her second decade with the Realtors group, Arnold is trying to help her members negotiate challenges like the government shutdown and changes to the National Flood Insurance Program. She says flood insurance in particular - with new maps and the phasing out of subsidized rates for old homes - has caused significant anxiety in the housing market. more
Mark Gim was appointed The Washington Trust Co.’s executive vice president for wealth management in May. The post is in addition to his existing position as treasurer for both The Washington Trust Co. and its publicly owned holding company, Washington Trust Bancorp Inc. more
Katharine Hazard Flynn has worked for the business community – specifically, the finance industry on Wall Street – and with the business community, through the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. Now, in her new role as executive director of the University of Rhode Island’s Business Engagement Center, she is working for the university as well as for and with business and industry, seeking to connect employers with opportunities that “engage” URI’s resources, faculty and student body for mutual benefit. more
Arnold Robinson is director of the Community Partnerships Center at Roger Williams University. Formed just under two years ago, the center serves as a central resource to partner students with community organizations, client organizations and government agencies in real-world, experiential-learning projects that would have a visible impact on partner communities. more
Marion Gold is Rhode Island’s second commissioner of energy resources, leading the state’s environmental planning at a critical time when climate change, increasingly intense storms and a sluggish economy have to merge into viable energy policy. more
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