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CVS Health, RWU Celebrate Success of Expanded Professional Development Collaboration

PROVIDENCE, RI – On Monday, Nov. 2, leaders from CVS Health joined Roger Williams University to celebrate the conclusion of the professional development program, CVS Health: Executive Learning Series for Diverse Suppliers and presented certificates to 10 diverse business owners who completed the curriculum.

Created by the Professional Education Center at the Roger Williams University School of Continuing Studies, the Executive Learning Series for Diverse Suppliers is an executive development program that offers training opportunities for diverse business leaders to expand their capacity, skill level and growth potential in areas such as marketing, finance and human resources.

“The Executive Learning Series for Diverse Suppliers has been a great success,” said Raul Suarez-Rodriguez, manager of strategic procurement for CVS Health. “We understand the importance and impact that supplier development provides to our diverse supplier community, which is why it is and will continue to be focus area for our company.”

Cheryl Snead, president and CEO of Banneker Industries, a supply chain management solutions provider based in North Smithfield, is one of the graduates and found the curriculum timely and valuable as she and her company prepare to create their next three-year strategic plan.

“I am a big believer in continual learning to not only assess my own leadership approach but also my company, our strategy and where we are going next,” Snead said. “I thought the Executive Learning Series for Diverse Suppliers program presented a perfect opportunity to take the time, step back from the day-to-day and focus on the things that we could be doing better as we move forward in our strategic planning.”

CVS Health selected and sponsored 10 partners to participate in the training program, which included sessions on finance and budget, leadership, management, technology, human resources and communications.

“The business trends taught in the program were very interesting and required me to be reflective in Banneker’s journey but also in terms of where we are going next as a company and to make sure that I’m asking the right questions of my team – are we doing this and can we do it better?” Snead added. “By asking the right questions and providing the resources I received from the program down through our organization, the training will help us identify the gaps and continually improve.”

The CVS Health: Executive Learning Series for Diverse Suppliers program grew out of the successful pilot program, the CEO Master Series, which helped a group of diverse business owners gain skills and knowledge with customized courses – on purchasing and contracts, team building, sustainability training, performance management and social media marketing – last spring. Created by RWU’s Professional Education Center and CVS Health, the CEO Master Series enhanced participating firms’ résumés and better positioned them to win contracts with large companies.

Based at the University’s Providence campus, the Professional Education Center creates customized educational programs for local corporations, government agencies and community nonprofits that wish to offer specific courses or trainings to help employees build new skills or gain industry knowledge. For CVS Health, the PEC created curriculum that would arm participants with the skills needed for small business success while also providing an opportunity to learn more about CVS Health and the many partner opportunities available with the company.

“We’re pleased to graduate another cohort of professionals in the Executive Learning Series for Diverse Suppliers program with our partner CVS Health,” said Jamie E. Scurry, dean of the School of Continuing Studies. “The Executive Learning Series and all of the customized professional development programs created by the Professional Education Center further demonstrate RWU’s commitment to the greater good. We are truly providing meaningful pathways to workforce development opportunities that lead to new career paths or reach new career successes as business leaders.”

Executives from the following companies graduated on Monday: Five Thousand Form, California Fragranco Company, Fremin’s Contractor Services, LLC, Soft Stuff Distributors, Inc., Griesing law, LLC, Second to None, The Media Network, ARTEMIA Communications, ASAP Solutions Group LLC, and Banneker Industries, Inc.

http://pdq.rwu.edu/news/cvs-health-rwu-celebrate-success-expanded-professional-development-collaboration

 

RWU Welcomes Institutional Data Leader as New Assistant Vice President for Office of Institutional Research

BRISTOL, RI– Roger Williams University has named institutional research leader Jennifer L. Dunseath as the new assistant vice president for institutional research, a role in which she will lead the office of institutional research to become a center for research best practices and cutting-edge analysis that will help inform strategic planning for the University moving forward.

Dunseath brings more than 25 years of institutional research experience to the role and is recognized as a leader in the development of best practices to capture and report data, research design, data analysis and the assessment of learning outcomes.

She joins Roger Williams University from Rhode Island School of Design, where she expanded the institutional research office and helped establish it as the campus resource for data assessment and survey needs. As director, Dunseath was instrumental in gathering, analyzing and structuring data from internal and external sources for institutional planning and decision-making. She created and executed more than 60 internal surveys, implemented the use of the Common Data Set to answer guidebook surveys and developed the first Board of Trustee dashboard of key performance indicators, among other accomplishments.

Dunseath begins her new role today – October 21. Her appointment concludes a search conducted by a committee led by Vice President for Enrollment Management Catherine Capolupo. Dunseath says the faculty and staff’s eagerness to collaborate as a team attracted her to the position.

“As I began to meet and speak with more and more people on campus, I was very impressed with the level of collaboration, communication and transparency between departments and across disciplines,” she says. “At RWU, there is a real team culture and desire to work together and that excites me. I’m an innovator at heart and I’m excited to join the University and help expand the institution’s success.”

Prior to her appointment at RISD in 2010, Dunseath served as the chief institutional research officer at Framingham State University in Framingham, Mass. In that role, she was instrumental in implementing multiple student/alumni surveys, creating an admissions research plan to assist recruiting efforts, and organizing data to bring the FSU campus into compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act.

Previously, Dunseath held the position of director of institutional effectiveness at Kettering University in Flint, Mich. In that role, she led the institutional research office and developed standard research data practices in which she was responsible for training other campus staff members on how to use the new data assessment tools.

Her other professional involvements include current membership on the Association for Institutional Research including the association’s North East affiliate. Dunseath also serves as secretary on the North East Association of Institutional Research’s board. She has also presented at a number of industry conferences on the role of institutional research on areas such as alumni engagement, first year student success and administrating course evaluations and tracking graduation rates.

Dunseath earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Central Michigan University.

About RWU: Roger Williams University, with its main campus located on the coast of Bristol, R.I., is a forward-thinking private university with 45 undergraduate majors spanning the liberal arts and the professions, where students become community-minded citizens through project-based, experiential learning. With small classes, direct access to faculty and boundless opportunity for real-world projects, RWU students develop the ability to think critically while simultaneously building the practical skills that today’s employers demand. In the two years since launching its signature Affordable Excellence initiative, the University has established itself as a leader in American higher education by confronting the most pressing issues facing students and families – increasing costs that limit access to college, rising debt and the job readiness of graduates. In addition to its 4,000 undergraduates, RWU is home to more than a dozen graduate programs, a thriving School of Continuing Studies based in Providence as well as Rhode Island’s only law school.

 

 

RWU Welcomes Higher Education Career Development Leader As New Associate Dean of the Career Center

BRISTOL, RI – Roger Williams University has named career development leader Stephen R. Cantine as associate dean of the Career Center, a role in which he will oversee the University’s career services operation, grow its network of alumni and employer partners, and integrate new career development programming within curricular and co-curricular initiatives.

Cantine joins Roger Williams from Illinois State University, where he led a career center that serves more than 700 employers and has a network of 18,000 students and alumni. As director, Cantine was instrumental in growing annual revenues from the center’s corporate partnership program, establishing an employer/student mentorship initiative and an institution-wide internship program, and working alongside academic and student affairs colleagues to build new relationships among students, faculty, administrators, alumni and employers. 

Cantine began his new role today – September 23. His appointment concludes a search conducted by a committee led by Associate Provost for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning Robert Shea. Cantine says RWU’s distinguished reputation, beautiful campus and dedicated faculty and staff attracted him to the position.

“One of the major deciding factors was the extraordinary amount of warmth and welcome from the students, faculty and staff,” he says. “People I spoke with outside of the campus also spoke very highly of the University. And ultimately, I was excited by the staff in the Career Center – they are extremely dedicated to the success of the students, and I feel like I’m joining a winning team.”


In considering the role, Cantine was also attracted to the opportunity to call upon the University’s alumni network and employer base throughout the Northeast. “To have access to employers and internship opportunities in Boston, Providence and New York City presents a great opportunity for the Career Center,” he says. “Alumni can be a valuable resource for students, and I look forward to building and strengthening our relationships with alumni so that our students can use that network to help accomplish their career goals. We’re going to do some really great things with the Career Center and connect with as many stakeholders as possible.”

Prior to his role at Illinois State, Cantine served as the career center director at two New York institutions – Utica College and Cazenovia College. In 2003, Cantine was selected to participate as a member of the National Career Development Association’s Leadership Academy. He also served formerly as president of Utica Colleges Administrative Staff Advisory Council. Other professional involvements include current membership on the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers Diversity Committee and as a volunteer in National Association of Colleges and Employers mentor program.

Cantine earned an associate degree in criminal justice from Hudson Valley Community College in New York, a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a master’s degree in career counseling from California State University Sacramento.

About RWU: Roger Williams University, with its main campus located on the coast of Bristol, R.I., is a forward-thinking private university with 45 undergraduate majors spanning the liberal arts and the professions, where students become community-minded citizens through project-based, experiential learning. With small classes, direct access to faculty and boundless opportunity for real-world projects, RWU students develop the ability to think critically while simultaneously building the practical skills that today’s employers demand. In the three years since launching its signature Affordable Excellence initiative, the University has established itself as a leader in American higher education by confronting the most pressing issues facing students and families – increasing costs that limit access to college, rising debt and the job readiness of graduates. In addition to its 4,000 undergraduates, RWU is home to more than a dozen graduate programs, a thriving School of Continuing Studies based in Providence as well as Rhode Island’s only law school. 

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