NEWPORT, R.I. — Salve Regina University officials say Vice President Joe Biden will visit the Newport school in August for a celebration honoring Nuala Pell, the wife of late Rhode Island Sen. Clairborne Pell.
School President Jane Gerety says Biden will be part of the festivities on Aug. 22 that will recognize Pell for her decades of service in philanthropy, politics, education and civic affairs in Rhode Island and across the country. Sen. Pell, known as a staunch advocate of education, sponsored the federal Pell grant that for decades has provided financial support for college students in the United States.
University officials also will announce at the reception the establishment of the Nuala Pell Leadership Program in Public Service, which will help students participate in national leadership seminars, meet with prominent lawmakers and learn from policy scholars. The program is aimed at preparing future leaders.