RIC develops initiative for future business leaders

RIC develops initiative for future business leaders

PROVIDENCE - Rhode Island College has appointed Lawrence Wilson as interim executive director of economic and leadership development as part of a new effort designed to develop Rhode Island's future leaders.

Wilson will work to strengthen the college's relationship with local business and community leaders to help expand internships, training and mentoring opportunities for Rhode Island College students.

He also will seek to identify the education and training needed for the workforce of the future, and then collaborate with the Rhode Island College School of Management and the Office of Professional Studies and Continuing Education to help create courses and curricula that meet those targeted needs.

"What excites me about Rhode Island College is that its commitment to the state of Rhode Island doesn't end with our providing the finest education and training possible to our students. We reach out to the various sectors - business, government and society - that strengthen the state as well," Wilson said.

Jenifer Giroux, interim vice president of professional studies and continuing education at Rhode Island College, said Wilson's appointment will help improve the college's ability to provide for the needs of its students, while also meeting the state's needs today and in the future. "This is an exciting opportunity to provide the education, training and professional development many Rhode Islanders seek as they begin or advance their careers," she said.

Wilson served as an adjunct professor in the Rhode Island College School of Management, where he is responsible for managing the school's internship programs.