When Robert M. Beagle began as vice president at URI in 1991, the State of Rhode Island was in the midst of a major fiscal crisis and state appropriations for higher education had been cut and tuition and fees were raised. On campus, there was little opportunity for scholarships to attract top students, the University was known as the nation's number one party school and the efforts to reach alumni were limited. There was a tremendous sense of cynicism among students, faculty, alumni and staff.
And it was on the cusp of the University's Centennial Year.
It is from this point that Beagle began to build and then to lead a team of professionals who have all created a new level of pride among the alumni, students, faculty, staff -- and all Rhode Islanders as a result.From fundraising to marketing to management to alumni affairs to outreach and community building -- many at URI have said that Beagle's leadership created a culture for communication, philanthropy, and pride throughout the community.
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"My years at URI have been blessed by working with an incredible team of advancement professionals and dedicated volunteers who bring their Big Rhody Spirit to accomplish critical goals. I've been so privileged to work with all of them." -- Robert M. Beagle
In honor of the distinguished service of Robert M. Beagle, a special fund has been established to help support current students in the Harrington School of Communication and Media that are engaged in off-campus experiential learning.
For more information about the Robert M. Beagle Family Endowment, please contact Rebecca Schiff at 401.874.2528 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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