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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.
RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN was one of approximately 160 colleges that were affected by a data breach at Blackbaud, a software company with which RISD has a contract. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN

RISD affected by data breach at third-party software service company

PROVIDENCE – An outside vendor that has a contract with Rhode Island School of Design sustained a data breach and the local arts college...
BRYANT UNIVERSITY announced late Tuesday that it has postponed its 2020 in-person commencement ceremony until May 23, 2021. / COURTESY BRYANT UNIVERSITY

Bryant postpones 2020 commencement until May 2021

SMITHFIELD – Bryant University will not hold its in-person 2020 commencement ceremony Aug. 29 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence and the ceremony...

Five Questions With: Kathleen Cloutier

Kathleen Cloutier is the executive director for Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island. The nonprofit recently partnered with the state to help launch weR1...

R.I. Foundation issues $40K in grants via Black Philanthropy Bannister Fund

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Foundation has issued $40,000 in total grants through its Black Philanthropy Bannister Fund to four organizations that are on...

Bristol Community College names Edwin new dean of arts and humanities

FALL RIVER – Bristol Community College announced July 13 that it has named Shirin Esther Edwin the college’s new dean of arts and humanities. Edwin...

URI names Hunter associate dean of Feinstein College of Education and...

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Christopher Hunter, a 22-year faculty member at the University of Rhode Island, was recently named the new associate dean of the...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Business Regulation, as of Monday, notes that 12 businesses have received compliance orders from the state to get up to code regarding COVID-19 safety guidelines. However, the portal does not note if the two businesses that received immediate compliance orders, which have since reopened after further inspection, had been given the OK to reopen. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS REGULATIONS

DBR’s COVID-19 transparency portal shows noncompliance, but not if businesses have...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island has ramped up its enforcement in making sure businesses comply with the new safety regulations to limit the spread of...
TINA MEETRAN has been named the new executive director of College Visions. / COURTESY COLLEGE VISIONS

College Visions names Meetran executive director

PROVIDENCE – College Visions, a nonprofit that helps low-income individuals in Rhode Island be prepared for college, announced Monday that it has named Tina...
THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS announced Monday that it will freeze tuition across all its campuses, including the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, for the 2020-21 academic year.

UMass to freeze tuition for upcoming academic year

DARTMOUTH – University of Massachusetts announced Monday that it will freeze in-state undergraduate and graduate tuition across all of its campuses, including the University...
KYLE J. MCINNIS has been named the new provost for Johnson & Wales University. / COURTESY JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY

JWU names McInnis provost

PROVIDENCE – Johnson & Wales University has named Kyle J. McInnis the university’s provost, JWU announced Monday. McInnis, who has spent close to three decades...

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