Grad Year: 1969
Year Inducted: 2009
Paul Bourget ’69 is one of the most generous alumni the college as ever produced. Since leaving Rhode Island College over 40 years ago, he has always been very active in giving back to RIC in time, money and most of all, enthusiasm. He is Rhode Island College’s most loyal supporter and cheerleader.
In 1997, while continuing to support the college, he made a personal choice to start supporting the athletic department and especially its student-athletes with that same great enthusiasm and of course, his financial contributions.
With the development of the Anchor Club, Rhode Island College’s athletic booster club, Bourget was a charter member and the organization’s first Golden Anchor donor-the highest level of giving. He has pledged at the top level every year since then. Whenever the Department of Athletics begins a new initiative, Bourget has always been at the forefront when it comes to a financial contribution. He has made hundreds of gifts to the college since his graduation.
As important as his financial generosity is, Bourget’s enthusiasm for the athletic department and the college as a whole has been his greatest contribution. There are few, if any, donors who support a Div. III college athletic program like he does. For his efforts, the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) named him the Volunteer of the Year for the College Division in 2002.
His efforts extend well beyond athletics as he has been a corporate sponsor for the Alumni Golf Tournament, supports honors scholarships and the fine arts, has chaired the Hall of Fame and Golf Day committees, works at auctions, speaker events, camps and clinics and has established a permanent endowment to support scholarships for future students.
Bourget was the Rhode Island College Alumnus of the Year in 1999. He has also served as the President, officer and member of the RIC Alumni Association. Bourget served as the Chairman of the Steering Committee for the college’s Capital Campaign, and is a past president of the RIC Foundation.
Upon graduation from Rhode Island College in 1969, Bourget, a certified CPA, embarked on an 11-year career, first as an auditor and then as audit principal, with Arthur Young & Company. He then moved on to serve as the Director of Field Examinations for Fleet Financial Group.
Bourget started his own business, Bourget & Associates, Inc., a financial consulting firm, in 1993.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Rhode Island College in 1969.
Bourget resides in Woonsocket with his wife Denise. They have four children: Nicole, Michele, Denise and Paul Jr., as well as, five grandchildren.