Sean Edmund Rogers Named Dean of the College of Business at the University of Rhode Island

Sean Edmund Rogers has been appointed dean of the College of Business at the University of Rhode Island, effective June 4. He will also hold the Alfred J. Verrecchia-Hasbro Inc. Leadership Chair in Business.

“The College of Business is uniquely positioned to become one of the best public flagship business schools in the Northeast and a major player in business education nationally and internationally,” Dr. Rogers said. “In many ways, I believe we already have many of the qualities that place us in these categories. We are at a critically important juncture in our college’s history, and I look forward with excitement to the opportunity to help shape our long-term future. I am eager to serve as we proudly march into our second century of impact on Rhode Island, the nation, and the world.”

Currently, Dr. Rogers serves as vice president for community, equity, and diversity at the University of Rhode Island. In this role, he manages the university’s community, equity, and diversity division and its four diversity-enhancing centers: the Multicultural Student Services Center, Gender and Sexuality Center, Women’s Center, and Military and Veteran Education Center. He joined the university in 2018 as associate professor of management and now holds two faculty appointments — professor of management and the Spachman Professor of Human Resources and Labor Relations. Earlier, Dr. Rogers held faculty appointments at Cornell University, New Mexico State University, and the University of New Mexico. He served eight years in the U.S. Army Reserve and currently is a health care administration officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

Dr. Rogers earned a bachelor’s degree in aviation business administration and an MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He holds a master’s degree in human resource development from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a master of law degree from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and a Ph.D. in industrial relations and human resources from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

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