RIC Launches Initiative to Develop Future Leaders 

Lawrence Wilson

Lawrence Wilson


Rhode Island College is launching a new initiative designed to help develop students to become the future leaders of the state. Lawrence Wilson, who teaches in the RIC School of Management, will lead the effort as the new interim executive director of economic and leadership development.

“Rhode Island College is uniquely positioned to have a dramatic impact on the state’s future,” said President Nancy Carriuolo. “Most of our students come from Rhode Island, and they choose to live and work here after they graduate. This appointment underscores our commitment to providing our students with the world-class education and training they will need to achieve success and to lead this state for generations to come.”

Wilson will work to strengthen the college’s relationship with local business and community leaders to help expand internships, training and mentoring opportunities for Rhode Island College students.

He also will seek to identify the education and training needed for the workforce of the future, and then collaborate with the Rhode Island College School of Management and the Office of Professional Studies and Continuing Education to help create courses and curricula that meet those targeted needs.

“What excites me about Rhode Island College is that its commitment to the state of Rhode Island doesn’t end with our providing the finest education and training possible to our students. We reach out to the various sectors – business, government and society – that strengthen the state as well,” Wilson said.

“We’re proud to offer comprehensive training and professional development and, importantly, bright, loyal, hard-working interns who provide added value to an organization while gaining real world experience,” Wilson said. “I am delighted to serve in this new capacity and am convinced that through a wide array of partnerships, we will strengthen the fabric and leadership of the given institution, while developing the future leaders for Rhode Island from among the ranks of our dynamic student body.”

Jenifer Giroux, interim vice president of professional studies and continuing education at Rhode Island College, said Wilson’s appointment will help improve the college’s ability to provide for the needs of its students, while also meeting the state’s needs today and in the future. “This is an exciting opportunity to provide the education, training and professional development many Rhode Islanders seek as they begin or advance their careers,” she said.

Wilson, who earned his MBA from the Wharton School, has extensive experience in corporate, entrepreneurial and non-profit management positions. He has taught at several colleges, and he is currently an adjunct professor in the Rhode Island College School of Management, where he is responsible for managing the school’s internship programs.