KINGSTON, R.I. — The University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communication and Media will receive a $4 million boost that will help continue renovations at the school.
Richard J. Harrington and Jean Harrington pledged the amount to the school, URI announced last week.
The gift raises the Harringtons’ cumulative support for the Harrington School to more than $12 million, driving a decade of rapid growth and increasing enrollment.
“Dick and Jean Harrington have long recognized the crucial importance of interdisciplinary education and innovation in the fields of communications and media,” URI President David M. Dooley said. “Their visionary support of URI’s communications programs demonstrates their commitment to academic excellence in a field that is changing at an astonishing pace, and which demands the highest standards of integrity.”
The gift will further the renovation of the second, third and fourth floors of Ranger Hall, which is home to the Harrington School on the Kingston campus. The College of Arts and Sciences and the university will supplement the effort with an additional $2 million.
The latest gift from the Harringtons adds to a $3 million gift in 2018 and an earlier $5 million that spurred the opening of the Harrington Hub for Global Leadership in Communication and Media in 2016. Their support includes operating funds for facilities as well as endowment funding.
“This additional commitment from the Harringtons and the further renovation of Ranger Hall will support transformational experiences for our students and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for their classes,” Harrington School Director and Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences Adam Roth said. “Combined with our exceptional faculty, we are on our way to becoming one of America’s leading schools of communication and media.”
Media production equipment and production spaces in Ranger Hall will be complemented by active learning classrooms to analyze how communication technologies are transforming public and private behaviors on a global scale, URI said.
Established in 2009, the Harrington School comprises programs in digital media, communication studies, film/media, multimedia journalism, library and information studies, public relations, sports media and communication, and writing and rhetoric.
“Jean and I are committed to supporting the University of Rhode Island’s vision for the future and are pleased to invest in innovation and the expansion of the Harrington Hub,” Richard Harrington said. “We remain confident in the faculty and leadership in the Harrington School of Communication and Media and are honored that our commitment will support the future leaders and professionals in communication and media.”
Harrington is chairman emeritus of the Boston-based venture capital firm Cue Ball. He was formerly president and CEO of the Thomson Reuters Corporation. He serves on the boards of directors for several companies and holds two degrees from URI, a Bachelor of Sciences from the College of Business and an Honorary Doctor of Laws.