Larry Rice: New president is leading Johnson & Wales campus
For eight years Larry Rice was a certified mediator and provided conflict resolution skills for industry leaders. Today, as president of Johnson & Wales University North Miami Campus, he uses his mediation skills every day.
Mediation helps when addressing challenges, Dr. Rice said, because whenever you’re dealing with people, you’re dealing with behaviors.
For the most part, though, things run smoothly on the Johnson & Wales North Miami Campus. As president, Dr. Rice ensures campus operations are sound and said he works with an excellent group that includes department heads, a campus leadership team that oversees student affairs, an academic leader as well who also serves as the school’s chief academic officer and an executive administrator who oversees many campus functions.
Together, they provide students with experiential learning that prepares them for their chosen industry. Regardless of major, Dr. Rice wants every student to come out of Johnson & Wales able to think critically, solve problems, understand quantitative analysis and be able to communicate orally and in writing.
Those are essential competencies students receive, Dr. Rice said, because the university imbeds them into the classroom experience and outside the classroom through activities, relationships and internships. While they’re matriculating, he said, Johnson & Wales incubates within the classroom a condition that promotes higher-order thinking that the school wants students to have when they graduate.
Johnson & Wales was founded in 1914 in Providence, RI, as a business school. Today as a university with more than 17,000 students it has its largest campus there, plus the North Miami campus and others in Denver and Charlotte, NC.
Miami Today reporter Susan Danseyar interviewed Dr. Rice in his office at Johnson & Wales’ North Miami Campus.
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