“I thrive on interaction with the Students, and do my best to serve them well.”
Dr. Arnold was fortunate to have rewarding experiences that included local, state, and Federal government; military service; private consulting; and university teaching.
As a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Rhode Island, Dr. Arnold was commissioned in the United States Army, serving in both Air Defense Artillery and Military Intelligence. He achieved the rank of Captain and served a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and other military decorations.
Dr. Arnold was Program Budget Director for the City of Warwick, Rhode Island and developed a program budgeting system and program analysis techniques for this city of 85,000 people. He taught in the graduate Public Administration program for the University of Rhode Island in the 1970’s, and continues to teach in the undergraduate and graduate Public Administration programs, and the Master of Science in Leadership program, for Roger Williams University.
Beginning his career in State service as a Manpower Planner, Dr. Arnold was entrusted with increasing levels of responsibility and ultimately was appointed as the first Director of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, and Executive Director of the state’s Human Resource Investment Council. Dr. Arnold had co-authored the legislation to establish the Council, had authored the law to establish the State’s job training fund, and had the pleasure of seeing the Council receive national attention for its innovations in workforce development. As a member of the Governor’s Cabinet he oversaw the merger of formerly separate agencies; led the effort to build a new agency headquarters facility using historic, renovated buildings; established a network of one-stop career centers; eliminated unemployment lines and closed unemployment offices by creating a call center and developing an internet filing system; reduced the staffing level by 110 positions in six years without a layoff; and provided leadership to this 500+ person, $435 million multiple facility agency which served over 200,000 people per year.
Prior to becoming a member of the Governor’s Cabinet, Dr. Arnold was on loan to the United States Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., reporting to the Director of the United States Employment Service. His projects included revitalizing Employment Service offices and procedures throughout the United States; conducting special briefings for foreign and domestic delegations, drawing on his experiences in assembling and leading local responses to mass layoffs; doing background research for presentation to the International Labor Organization; and orienting State Administrators responsible for unemployment insurance, labor exchange services, and workforce development.
Dr. Arnold retired from Rhode Island State Government in May 2003, but tells people he flunked retirement! To be fair, he did take the summer off. In the fall of 2003 he formed a consulting company with a long-time associate who retired shortly after Labor Day in 2003. Trying his best to prove to his wife that he was sort of ready to “really” retire, Dr. Arnold and his colleague closed their consulting business at the end of 2012. During those “almost retired” years, Dr. Arnold was President of The Arnold Group, LLC, a workforce development consulting firm based in Cranston, Rhode Island. His firm provided services to a variety of private, public, and international customers, including the National Association of State Workforce Agencies; the Japanese Ministry of Education, Trade and Industry; the Bermuda Department of Labor and Training; the Bermuda Ministry of Education; the Roger Williams University Institute for Public Policy; and Autocrat, Inc.
Among the awards presented to Dr. Arnold are: Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society; Outstanding Chapter Member of the Year, American Society for Public Administration; Robert M. Goodrich Distinguished Public Service Award, RI Public Expenditure Council; Veteran Small Business Advocate of the Year, US Small Business Administration; the Quirk Institute Award for Contributions to Industrial Peace, Providence College; the Community Service Award, United Way of Rhode Island; and Teaching Excellence Award, Institute for Labor Studies and Research.