RINEC Executive Director named

Warwick, RI—On May 31, 2017, the Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner (RIOPC) announced that Erin Wilbur has been named Executive Director of the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center (RI NEC). Wilbur is currently Assistant Director of the Primary Care-Population Medicine Program at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is expected to begin the role on June 5, 2017.

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“Given Erin’s strong background in healthcare, higher education, and program administration, the Committee felt confident that she was the right candidate for this innovative partnership,” said Acting Commissioner Brenda Dann-Messier.


While at Brown, Wilbur oversaw all operational aspects of a dual degree program for medical students, which included managing a grant portfolio of $2.5 million and coordinating the year-long immersive training program. Prior to her work at Brown, Wilbur held positions at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence, RI and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, where she focused primarily on quality and process improvement projects within neonatal settings.


“I am thrilled to be part of the launch of this innovative, state-of-the-art facility,” said Wilbur. “I truly believe the Center will have a vital role in the advancement of health care in Rhode Island.”

Administered by the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner, the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center is an innovative partnership between the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College, intended to advance the education of aspiring and practicing nurses and enable both programs to meet the increasing demands for high-quality nurses.

Slated to open in the summer of 2017, the Center occupies over 130,000 sq-ft of space at South Street Landing in Providence, in close proximity to the state’s major hospitals and Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School. The Center will feature shared simulation laboratories and innovative teaching and learning spaces designed to support immersive, hands-on curricula and distinguish the Center as a national leader in nursing education. In addition to its core mission, the Center will serve as a regional professional development and training center.