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James Bessette joined the Providence Business News as the Researcher in February 2018. Prior to joining PBN, he worked as a reporter for The Independent and as a copy editor for The Newport Daily News. He also worked as a sports reporter for Southern Rhode Island Newspapers and as news editor for The East Greenwich Pendulum. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Rhode Island College.
JOHN A. WILLIAMS has been named the new dean of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Charlton College of Business. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS DARTMOUTH

Williams named new dean of UMass Dartmouth’s business school

DARTMOUTH – John A. Williams is the new dean for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Charlton College of Business. UMass Dartmouth said Williams, the former...
WHEATON COLLEGE announced late Tuesday its plan to return to campus in the fall. / COURTESY WHEATON COLLEGE

Wheaton College unveils plan to return to campus in fall

NORTON – Wheaton College, among the first local colleges to announce its intention to bring students back to campus in the fall, unveiled late...

PBN Manufacturing Awards: Electric Boat’s Davies passionate about work because ‘it...

PROVIDENCE – Sean Davies' passion for the challenging work that he does at General Dynamics Electric Boat is fueled by his strong belief that...
RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL of Design is facing a $50 million deficit caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

RISD facing $50M deficit; layoffs a possibility

PROVIDENCE – The COVID-19 pandemic has put Rhode Island School of Design significantly in the red as the upcoming academic year draws near. Although...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO said Monday the state will need to increase its enforcement on businesses making sure they are following the new safety guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19. / COURTESY CAPITOL TV

Raimondo: ‘Time to turn up the heat’ on COVID-19 enforcement

PROVIDENCE – With Phase III of Rhode Island’s reopening plan starting Tuesday, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo says it is time for the state to...
ANN & HOPE INC. announced Monday that due to significant financial impacts brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the retailer will permanently close its 11 Curtain & Bath Outlet stores across Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut by the end of the summer.

Ann & Hope to close its Curtain & Bath Outlet stores...

CUMBERLAND – Ann & Hope Inc. announced Monday that it will permanently close its 11 Curtain & Bath Outlet stores in Rhode Island, Massachusetts...
RONALD K. MACHTLEY, who is retiring June 30 after 24 years as president of Bryant University, told Providence Business News that the U.S. will lose its competitive advantage in the world if colleges do not reopen in the fall. / COURTESY BRYANT UNIVERSITY

Machtley: ‘We will lose our competitive advantage’ if colleges don’t reopen...

SMITHFIELD – As local colleges are putting together their respective reopening plans for the fall semester after having to close their campuses in March...
UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND announced that it will reduce the number of students living on campus this fall from 6,200 to 4,400. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

URI to reduce on-campus living by 25%, modify fall academic calendar

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The University of Rhode Island announced late Thursday that it will have a modified fall semester schedule and will reduce the...

UMass Dartmouth chancellor hired as Western New England University’s new president

DARTMOUTH – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Chancellor Robert E. Johnson has been named the new president for Western New England University in Springfield, Mass.,...
UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND announced Wednesday some details on how the campus will reopen in the fall. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

URI announces details on fall campus reopening

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – While final details still have to be ironed out, the University of Rhode Island has offered a glimpse of what campus...

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