2012 - Champions for Philanthropy
In 2012, Bryant honored a dedicated alumnus, parents of a Bryant senior, and a committed corporate sponsor for their steadfast support of the University. Also, for the first time, Bryant recognized a very involved couple as outstanding 1863 Society members. The generosity of those recognized goes well beyond financial contributions. The entire Bryant community is indebted to these important supporters for their willingness to graciously give of their time and talents.
Robert P. '73 and Jane Mead
Robert and Jane Mead, your continuing support and philanthropy have made it possible for Bryant University to help students create their paths, expand their world, and achieve their success. Read the full citation
Clifford and Kim Garnett P'13
Clifford and Kim Garnett, through your exemplary commitment, you have helped the University advance its mission of delivering exceptional education for success in an age of unlimited global opportunity. Read the full citation
Amica Companies Foundation
Bryant University is deeply appreciative of the many contributions of the Amica Companies Foundation and Amica employees in the area of student involvement, educational initiatives, leadership, and philanthropic support. Read the full citation
Outstanding 1863 Society Members
Barbara and David '61 Allardice
Bryant University proudly recognizes Barbara and David Allardice as the first recipients of its Outstanding 1863 Society Members award for their enduring commitment to Bryant, helping to transform the lives of generations of students. Read the full citation
Robert Mead came to Bryant’s campus on the East Side of Providence as a transfer student from what was then Rhode Island Junior College. A commuter, he worked throughout his college years. He completed his studies in December 1972, and graduated with a degree in Economics with a math minor, and a sense that he wanted to be in the finance end of business.
In March 1973, Mead joined Grinnell Fire Protection in Providence as a budget analyst. Throughout acquisitions, divestitures, expansions, and mergers, he essentially worked for one company throughout his career. By the time Mead retired in 2005 as president of Tyco Engineered Products & Services, the $100 million company he first went to work for had grown to be a $6 billion division of a $40 billion global corporation.
Bryant taught Mead how to learn, grasp concepts, analyze information, and devise solutions - skills that served him well throughout his career. In addition to the skills he acquired, students today must develop a global perspective that Mead gained on the job, as his manufacturing company expanded, and through a stint handling operations in the Pacific Region while working in Australia.
A member of Bryant’s Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2010, Mead is proud of what Bryant has become, and how it has expanded and grown into a University that continues to attract high-caliber students and helps them develop a global perspective through signature programs such as the Sophomore International Experience and International Business.
Over the years, Mead and his wife, Jane, have also been generous philanthropic supporters of the University through the Bryant Fund, Sophomore International Experience, the Trustee Scholarship Fund, and the President’s Cup Scholarship Fund.
Grateful for the foundation he received at Bryant, the couple view their philanthropic giving as an opportunity to help deserving students attain a transformative and empowering education.
Robert and Jane Mead, your continuing support and philanthropy have made it possible for Bryant University to help students create their paths, expand their world, and achieve their success.
Robert Mead, Bryant University is proud to call you a son of Bryant, a trustee, a Champion for Philanthropy and our Outstanding Alumnus for 2012.
Clifford and Kim Garnett have been strong supporters of Bryant University since their daughter, Brooke ’13, transferred after her first year.
Not that these Babson graduates weren’t partial toward that B, when Brooke was evaluating Bentley, Babson, and Bryant to determine which accredited, strong business program was the right fit for their daughter. Like many students, Brooke was drawn to Bryant’s size, the rigorous academic program that provides an excellent educational foundation, and the opportunity to build strong, lasting relationships with other students and faculty.
Bryant was a perfect fit for Brooke, an accounting major with a keen interest in the fashion industry. In addition to participating in a fashion immersion program in New York, shadowing professionals at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston, and securing a competitive summer job, Brooke has been involved with the Student Alumni Association for two years. Recognizing the value and importance of maintaining relationships between current students and a worldwide network of 40,000 alumni, the Garnetts support the work of the association. In addition, as members of the Parents Council, they contribute to scholarships, academic and other student programs as well as to the Douglas and Judith Krupp Library.
Mr. and Mrs. Garnett view education as one of the most important elements to ensuring a successful future. And they understand the financial challenges that parents, students, and colleges face today to provide access to exceptional higher education.
Providing a living example to their daughter, and others, of the importance of getting involved and supporting organizations that mirror your beliefs, Mr. and Mrs. Garnett have been committed to providing additional financial support to Bryant above and beyond the annual tuition they are investing in their daughter’s future. In doing so, they have truly helped Bryant continue to provide an exceptional education to deserving students.
Clifford and Kim Garnett, through your exemplary commitment, you have helped the University advance its mission of delivering exceptional education for success in an age of unlimited global opportunity. Bryant University is honored to call you Champions for Philanthropy.
Bryant University is fortunate to have Amica Insurance as an outstanding friend, neighbor, and partner as it prepares students for success in an age of unlimited global opportunity.
The Amica Companies Foundation supports the University’s commitment to academic and student-life excellence at Bryant. The Foundation helped fund construction of the George E. Bello Center for Information and Technology and its generous matching gift program supports scholarships as well as academic and student-life programs.
The company is well-known and well-regarded on Bryant’s Smithfield campus as thousands of students have prepared for success at the Amica Center for Career Education, which bears its name. The company continues to be a tremendous partner for the Center, working with students through programs from Resumania to Mock Interview Day as well as hosting site visits. Amica also recruits interns and full-time employees.
Amica’s relationship with Bryant University goes well beyond recruiting graduates. As a company that focuses on building strong relationships with customers and local communities, Amica understands the value and importance of events that Bryant sponsors. For more than a decade, the company has been actively involved with the Women’s Summit, serving as lead sponsor for the past four years. The Supply Chain Management Summit, Bryant’s Career Fair, and Welcome Back Weekend have all benefited from Amica’s support and commitment to give back to the community.
The Amica Companies Foundation has long exemplified the title “Champion of Philanthropy” through its exceptional generosity and leadership.
Bryant University is deeply appreciative of the many contributions of the Amica Companies Foundation and Amica employees in the areas of student involvement, educational initiatives, leadership, and philanthropic support. Bryant University proudly calls the Amica Companies Foundation a Champion for Philanthropy and a true Friend of the University.
Bob DiMuccio, president, chairman and CEO of Amica Insurance (pictured), accepted the award on behalf of the company.
A management major at Bryant, David Allardice enjoyed every day of a 33-year career as a financial consultant to municipalities, including 22 years running his own business, Allardice & Associates, Inc., in Canandaigua, New York.
An accomplished woman who holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University, Barbara Allardice serves her undergraduate alma mater, Keuka College, as a member of its Board of Trustees.
Strong supporters of Bryant’s first capital campaign, Mr. and Mrs. Allardice are both members of Bryant’s 1863 Society, which recognizes the year of Bryant’s founding and honors those who have provided for Bryant through their estate plan or a life income gift.
For a decade, Mr. and Mrs. Allardice have supported annual scholarships for several students. They are inspired by the growth and determination of the students, who often seek out their wisdom and experience even after graduation. And the students, who benefit from the scholarships and from this kinship with the couple, have told them how much they appreciated getting to know them.
Mr. and Mrs. Allardice are making plans to endow the Allardice Scholarship so deserving students may continue to learn at Bryant even as the cost of providing an exceptional education continues to rise. The Allardice Scholars will work together on a community service project, getting to know one another and making a connection that will be good for them and good for Bryant.
By providing for Bryant’s future, Barbara and David Allardice are helping to ensure that its legacy is secure and growing.
Bryant University proudly recognizes Barbara and David Allardice as the first recipients of its Outstanding 1863 Society Members award for their enduring commitment to Bryant, helping to transform the lives of generations of students.
Barbara and David Allardice, Bryant University is privileged to call you Friends of the University and Champions for Philanthropy.