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August 02, 2015 11:30 AM ET

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Company Overview of Roger Williams University

Company Overview

Roger Williams University (RWU) is an educational institution that offers academic study services. The university provides liberal arts, science and engineering, computing and construction management, continuing education, architecture, law, and business study courses through its schools and colleges. Additionally, it offers accounting, athletics, computer information systems, creative writing, history, psychology, and marketing and management courses. RWU offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional study programs. Roger Williams University, formerly known as Roger Williams College, was founded in 1919 and is based in Bristol, Rhode Island.

One Old Ferry Road

Bristol, RI 02809

United States

Founded in 1919



Key Executives for Roger Williams University

Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration
Age: 60
General Counsel, Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs, and Secretary to the Board of Trustees
Vice President of Student Affairs
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Roger Williams University Key Developments

Roger Williams University to Double its Footprint in the Heart of Downtown Providence, R.I

Roger Williams University has agreed to lease 76,566 square feet of space at One Empire Plaza from property owner Berkeley Investments Inc. When the University's new space opens in May 2016 following a complete renovation, it will replace its existing Metro Center at 150 Washington Street. It will provide expanded space for RWU's School of Law, School of Continuing Studies and growing array of outreach and engagement programs, including the Latino Policy Institute, HousingWorks RI and the Community Partnerships Center. With community-focused, project-based learning having emerged as a defining element of an RWU education, Farish says a larger, more geographically central presence in the heart of the state and city is essential. The move serves as a long-term investment by the University in the city of Providence, its surrounding communities and local businesses and residents. With a 12-year lease beginning in May 2016, rent will total nearly $23 million dollars into 2028; that follows a renovation by Berkeley Investments that will total nearly $11 million before RWU takes occupancy. With much of the building's activity to continue late into the evening, the expanded student presence will also benefit local businesses well beyond busy daytime commuter hours.

Roger Williams University Leverages Samsung Technologies to Create Collaborative Learning Environment in Support of Affordable Excellence Initiative

Roger Williams University and Samsung Electronics America, Inc. are partnering on a groundbreaking educational technology initiative in an effort to create a more collaborative learning environment, reduce technology costs for college students and set new standards for "affordable excellence" in higher education. The multi-year project will see a transformation in both the learning and administrative environment at Roger Williams, starting in its School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation and its School of Continuing Studies, through the integration of Samsung's cloud access technology and interactive whiteboards. In a pilot program that began in fall 2012, RWU and Samsung partnered to install 100 27-inch Samsung LED monitors in architecture student studio workspaces where students could quickly connect their personal devices, access applications via its upgraded cloud server and use the large-format displays to more easily create and share work. Students benefited from anytime access to advanced applications (including AutoCAD, Revit and Adobe Creative Suite, among others), faster rendering times and exceptional viewing on these professional displays. This approach proved highly successful in containing student and university costs, alleviating space pressures and enhancing students' computing experience and collaboration. Based on the success of the initial pilot, RWU and Samsung are extending the project this fall to include the creation of: The Samsung Design Studio in RWU's School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation: Includes 275 additional energy-efficient Samsung LED Monitors at student workstations in an open-plan configuration, as well as eight interactive touch-screen displays and eight Zero-Client Cloud Displays located in collaborative learning spaces for presentations, reviews and group discussions. The Samsung Collaborative Learning Lab in RWU's School of Continuing Studies: Includes two interactive touch-screen displays and 25 Zero-Client Cloud Displays for student use and the delivery of online courses. Based on the continuing success of the collaborative learning project, the University expects to expand the program in the future as part of its effort to transform higher education. In addition, the pilot project and its expansion this fall will serve as the basis for a Samsung case study on higher education.

Sharon DeLucca Files Multi-Million Dollar Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit against Roger Williams University

Sharon DeLucca, a senior professor of Graphic Design at Roger Williams University, has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit in Rhode Island Superior Court against her employer Roger Williams University alleging four counts of sexual discrimination. The lawsuit names Roger Williams University President Donald Farish, former RWU Acting Provost Robert Potter and Assistant Provost Robert Cole as co-defendants. Sharon DeLucca, a tenured professor at RWU, claims that she was subject to repeated discrimination and retaliation over several years which caused her severe mental and physical distress and hospitalization. DeLucca was the driving force behind the development of RWU's Graphic Design program, which has provided millions of tuition dollars to the university over the past several years. In her lawsuit, DeLucca claims that RWU, and specifically Dean Robert Cole, used her to develop the curriculum and recruit prospective students but refused to give her the equal title and compensation of her male counterparts. DeLucca immediately filed a complaint of sexual discrimination against Cole within the RWU administration. That complaint was supposed to be investigated by Robert Potter, then acting Provost of RWU. DeLucca alleges that Potter met with her only once, treated her in an unprofessional manner and downplayed the seriousness of her claim. DeLucca then filed a sexual discrimination complaint against Cole with the Commission for Human Rights in Rhode Island. Roger Williams President Donald Farish promoted Robert Cole to Assistant Provost (the third highest ranking administrative position), despite Cole being named and central to an ongoing investigation into discrimination by the Commission for Human Rights. The lawsuit claims that Farish then attempted to marginalize DeLucca within RWU, attempting to remove her from all elected committee positions on campus and barring her from any involvement in the Graphic Design program, which she had built. This repeated harassment caused DeLucca such stress, that she was admitted to Rhode Island Hospital for stroke like symptoms in April 2011. While hospitalized, Delucca was sent a disturbing bouquet of Black Lilies from Roger Williams University. The receipt of these flowers was perceived as a threat and caused DeLucca further emotional and physical trauma. Professor Delucca is represented by Visconte, Boren& Campbell LTD and is seeking $2 million plus punitive damages in the case.

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