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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 President...
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...
BRYANT UNIVERSITY, pictured, Johnson & Wales University and Rhode Island School of Design announced Monday their respective plans for reopening in the fall. / COURTESY BRYANT UNIVERSITY

Bryant, JWU, RISD announce reopening plans for fall

PROVIDENCE – Not long after Roger Williams University announced its formal reopening plan for the upcoming fall, Bryant University, Johnson & Wales University and...
BROWN UNIVERSITY, pictured, Providence College, Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island are moving curricula to online in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

More local colleges moving classes online due to virus concerns

PROVIDENCE – Local colleges are continuing to adjust programming and protocols in order to limit the spread of COVID-19, and following leads of other...
ROSANNE SOMERSON, president of the Rhode Island School of Design, received a five-year contract extension to continue leading the arts school through 2025. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN/JO SITTENFELD

RISD president Somerson receives 5-year extension

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island School of Design President Rosanne Somerson received a five-year contract extension to continue leading the arts college through June 30,...
BRYANT UNIVERSITY President Ronald K. Machtley was ranked as the highest-compensated private-college leader in the U.S. in 2017, according to rankings released Tuesday by The Chronicle of Higher Education. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Bryant’s Machtley, JWU’s Bowen ranked highest-compensated private-college leaders in U.S....

PROVIDENCE – A soon-to-be retired leader of a Rhode Island-based private university is ranked as the nation’s highest-compensated private-college president, while a former private...
ROSANNE SOMERSON is president of the Rhode Island School of Design. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN/JO SITTENFELD

Five Questions With: Rosanne Somerson

The Rhode Island School of Design announced earlier this month that it would use a $10 million anonymous donation – the largest ever received...
THE RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN is launching a fellowship program, called the Society of Presidential Fellows, that will allow some graduate students to attend RISD tuition-free.

RISD using $10M anonymous gift to launch tuition-free fellowship

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island School of Design is using a $10 million anonymous gift – the school's largest ever earmarked for financial aid...
THE RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN says the Rayon Foundation Trust to benefit the study of textiles at RISD recently matured with a value of $19.9 million.

75-year-old trust provides RISD with $19.9M gift, the school’s largest

PROVIDENCE – A trust started in 1944 to support textiles studies at the Rhode Island School of Design has provided RISD with a $19.9...

RISD president receives Pell Award

ROSANNE SOMERSON, president of Rhode Island School of Design, recently received the Pell Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts from Trinity Repertory Company...

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