This fall marked an historic moment in Bryant’s 153-year trajectory of excellence. This is the strategic inflection point where we move from who we were to who we will become.
Propelled by our strategic plans and decades of hard work by the entire Bryant community, Bryant’s bold vision for the future is becoming reality and we are creating a new model for educating innovative leaders with character around the world.
Our mission is to not only teach innovatively but to graduate innovators. Whatever profession our graduates choose, their future will demand the five distinguishing traits of innovators:
- curiosity and creativity;
- integrative thinking;
- the perseverance and grit to embrace failure as a source of valuable future success.
These traits will set Bryant graduates apart and ensure that they excel.
As we undertake this inspiring mission, let’s note some exciting recent achievements:
- In the U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best College rankings released in September, Bryant University broke into the top 10 in the Regional Universities North category, rising to No. 9 from No. 11 last year. Bryant has jumped 15 points since its classification as a Masters North university in 2003, a reflection of our commitment to academic excellence and the dedicated Bryant faculty who educate and inspire our students;
- Two premier projects of the historic Bryant Builds initiative were celebrated and dedicated on September 23-24, Bryant’s homecoming weekend: the trailblazing Academic Innovation Center, which opened with the start of classes this fall and is already receiving prestigious national awards for its unmatched environment for teaching and learning, and the world-class David M. ’85 and Terry Beirne Stadium Complex, home for Bryant Athletics and also the recipient of national recognition for design excellence. Bryant Builds is the largest and most transformative facilities initiative since Bryant’s move from Providence to Smithfield 45 years ago;
- We welcomed the incoming Class of 2020, selected from the largest and most highly qualified applicant pool in Bryant history, to the Bryant family;
- Bryant secured a $2.5-million challenge grant from the Warren Alpert Foundation in support of our School of Health Sciences, to provide resources that will help us develop innovative approaches that address challenges in health care management as the industry undergoes major changes. Record philanthropic investment in Bryant’s capital campaign, Expanding the World of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Future, includes support from 18,112 donors so far and we have already raised more than $64 million towards the campaign’s $75 million goal.
We are excited to share our progress with you, and hope you will visit us soon.
Ronald K. Machtley