PREPPING FOR AN IMPACT: Parlange sees ‘crucial role’ for URI research in state’s economy

WELCOME WAGON: University of Rhode Island President Marc B. Parlange, right, welcomes a new student to campus last fall. In an effort to make the university more attractive to current and prospective students, Parlange wants to enhance the experiential learning opportunities of students and see them get internships and take advantage of opportunities to do research and learn about research. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND/NORA LEWIS
WELCOME WAGON: University of Rhode Island President Marc B. Parlange, right, welcomes a new student to campus last fall. In an effort to make the university more attractive to current and prospective students, Parlange wants to enhance the experiential learning opportunities of students and see them get internships and take advantage of opportunities to do research and learn about research. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND/NORA LEWIS

(Editor’s note: This is the fifth installment in an occasional series of interviews with the state’s new wave of higher education leaders.) Marc B. Parlange has racked up his fair share of frequent flier miles during his career in higher education. Parlange, 59, who was born in Rhode Island but only lived here a few

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