URI must act more like a private school to compete

GIVING THEIR ALL: Michael J. Smith, president of the University of Rhode Island Foundation, says the people who give to Habitat for Humanity or the United Way are the people who are also going to be URI donors. / COURTESY URI FOUNDATION
GIVING THEIR ALL: Michael J. Smith, president of the University of Rhode Island Foundation, says the people who give to Habitat for Humanity or the United Way are the people who are also going to be URI donors. / COURTESY URI FOUNDATION
At a time when public funding for institutions of higher education can be limited, the role of fundraising foundations such as the University of Rhode Island Foundation becomes increasingly important to support scholarships, research, faculty and other vital educational needs. Michael J. Smith took over as president of the URI Foundation Dec. 1. He continues…

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