Avedisian elected president of CCRI Foundation
Scott Avedisian, mayor of Warwick since 2000, has been elected president of the Community College of Rhode Island Foundation. He has served as a Foundation trustee since 2012.
Avedisian has a long history of public service, starting in high school. He was a page to the late U.S. Sen. John Chafee, a legislative aide for the Rhode Island Senate and deputy campaign manager for former Gov. Lincoln Almond. He is a former president of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns and chairman of the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority.
He has served as a member of the board of directors of St. Mary's Home for Children for two decades and is on the board of incorporators of Kent Hospital, a trustee of Ocean State Charities Trust and a board member of advisors of FRIENDS Way. He has also served as trustee, member or board member for more than two dozen other local and statewide agencies and organizations.
Avedisian, the longest-serving mayor in the city's history, graduated from Providence College, earned a Master of Public Administration from Roger Williams University. He succeeds David P. Monti '72 in the role.
"We are so honored to have Mayor Avedisian as our new Foundation president," said Izabel DeAraujo, Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement and College Relations. "He brings immense energy, advocacy and commitment in service of our college, students, alumni and community. His knowledge of CCRI and the significant impact we have on our community is a great benefit to our Foundation."
The CCRI Foundation also welcomed two new trustees, John Hazen White, Jr. and Jennifer Morrison.
White is third generation of his family to head the privately held Taco Group Co., founded in 1920 and renamed Taco Comfort Solutions in 2016 to express its expansion into new industries and global markets.
For years, White has written "Lookout," a column in which he wrangles with issues that include casinos, political maneuvering and the controversial estate tax. Following tradition, White and his family's foundation donate to causes as varied as construction at the University of Rhode Island to programming at the Providence Performing Arts Center.
Since 2010, Morrison has served as assistant vice president and assistant general counsel at Amica Mutual Insurance Co., where she handles day-to-day legal issues with a focus on regulatory compliance, privacy, cybersecurity and employment law. She began at Amica as a claims adjuster in 1990, earned her law degree at night in 1997 and transferred to the legal department in 1998.
She serves as a board member of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce and as a trustee of the Boys and Girls Club of Pawtucket.
The trustees also elected Scott Seaback, president of RI Temps Inc., as first vice president and chair of the Outreach and Development Committee. He has served as a trustee since 2010 and his daughter attended classes at the college.
Peter J. Brockman, principal of Brockman Law LLC, was elected second vice president and chair of the Governance Committee. He has served as trustee since 2014 and is a member of the Finance/Investment Committee.
Oliver Brady, a financial advisor/associate vice president at Ameriprise Financial Services Inc., was elected treasurer. He has served as a trustee since 2012 and is chair of the Finance/Investment Committee.
Sheila M. Raposa, vice president of cash management at Washington Trust, is returning as clerk. She has served as trustee since 2002 and is a member of the Finance/Investment Committee.