RWU remembers former president behind name change, law school

BRISTOL – Natale A. Sicuro, the Roger Williams College president who led the name change to Roger Williams University and helped launch the RWU law school, died Dec. 20, the school announced Jan. 8. He was 83.

Sicuro served as Roger Williams president from 1989-1993. He appointed a blue-ribbon exploratory committee that recommended establishment of Roger Williams law school in 1991, and led the change in institutional status from college to university in 1992.

Born in 1934 in Warren, Ohio, Sicuro received a bachelor’s degree and the first-ever doctoral degree from Kent State University, and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served as president of Southern Oregon University and Portland State University prior to joining Roger Williams in 1989.

“President Sicuro … had the vision to imagine a law school in Rhode Island and the talent to make it a reality,” RWU School of Law Dean Michael J. Yelnosky said in a statement.

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