2010 - Champions for Philanthropy
In 2010, Bryant honored a former standout student-athlete who has served as a Trustee for nearly a decade, parents who became the first major donors to the University’s Sophomore International Experience program and a company that has partnered with Bryant for nearly three decades. 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.
David M. Beirne '85
David Beirne has faithfully served Bryant University as a Trustee since 2003, sharing his enthusiasm and expertise on a number of different committees. He has also made leadership contributions that provided substantial funding for the 2009 locker room renovation and expansion at Bulldog Stadium. Read his full citation
Susan and William Pappas
Susan and William Pappas have been devoted supporters of Bryant University since their son, Christopher '11, enrolled. Mr. and Mrs. Pappas became the first major Sophomore International Experience donors, helping students take advantage of this transformational program. Read their full citation
For nearly three decades, PricewaterhouseCoopers has been a dynamic corporate partner and faithful friend, providing generous financial support and leadership to programs at Bryant University. Beyond their considerable financial participation, PwC partners have also contributed their time and expertise to Bryant students. Read the full citation
Never one to shrink from a challenge, David Beirne co-founded Ramsey/Beirne Associates, Inc. on Black Monday in 1987. The Beirne approach of getting to know companies better than insiders did, scouting and courting up-and-coming leaders, and developing the skill of hearing things that are not being said helped establish the company as the premier search firm in high technology.
Ten years later, BusinessWeek listed Mr. Beirne among the Top 25 behind-the-scenes power brokers in the Silicon Valley, describing him as the tireless 6-foot 7-inch headhunter who gets the first crack at many high profile CEO searches.
A star of high technology headhunting who doesn’t know the meaning of no, according to The New York Times, Mr. Beirne’s signature talent is to persuade executives to take new jobs no matter how satisfied they think they are.
Joining the venture capital firm, Benchmark Capital in 1997, Beirne recruited Meg Whitman, then head of Hasbro’s Playskool division, to the CEO post at a little-known start up called eBay. Taking over a company she’d never heard of before Mr. Beirne’s call, Ms. Whitman eventually grew that little Web company of 40 employees into the multi-billion dollar e-commerce powerhouse.
Through all the headlines, interviews, and books recounting his “Go big or go home” philosophy, David Beirne did not forget Bryant, where his entrepreneurial drive and talents were nurtured.
Bryant students have been inspired by his success and his belief that while entrepreneurship is challenging, it is the most satisfying path anyone can take in business.
Mr. Beirne has faithfully served Bryant University as a Trustee since 2003, sharing his enthusiasm and expertise on the executive, finance, compensation, and university advancement committees.
The news that Bryant had hired Mike Pressler, the country’s preeminent lacrosse coach, was celebrated by Mr. Beirne, who had captained Bryant’s lacrosse club as a student. His $1 million leadership contribution provided substantial funding for the 2009 locker room renovation and expansion at Bulldog Stadium, now equal to some of the finest NCAA Division I facilities in the country.
Currently semi-retired and a limited partner at Benchmark Capital, Mr. Beirne spends time with his college-and high school-age sons, Tucker, Matt, and Tim, and coaches high school and youth lacrosse in his hometown. With his wife Terry, he devotes himself to eradicating cancer and funding higher education through charitable giving.
David M. Beirne, through your exceptional loyalty and support, you have helped Bryant University advance its mission of providing an education that delivers the highest standards of academic excellence, character, and ethics, within a global, real-world context.
Bryant University is honored to call you an alumnus and a Champion for Philanthropy.
Susan and William Pappas have been devoted supporters of Bryant University since their son, Christopher ‘11, enrolled.
Like many parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pappas were nervous when they dropped off their son on Move-in Day. When they returned for Parents and Family Weekend, they were delighted to see how happy he was.
Mr. and Mrs. Pappas were impressed by Bryant’s Sophomore International Experience and thought it wise of Christopher to take part in the semester-long class that concludes with a two-week travel experience with fellow Bryant students, faculty, and staff members. The trip to China was a powerful experience for their son, who returned a more confident and independent young man.
Aware that some of Christopher’s friends couldn’t afford to participate, Mr. and Mrs. Pappas became the first major Sophomore International Experience donors, helping other students take advantage of this transformational program.
While Christopher has thrived at Bryant, they have seen many of their son’s friends struggle financially to remain at the University. They wanted to do what they could to ease that burden for students and made a generous gift to the Annual Scholarship Program in 2010.
Throughout Christopher’s tenure at Bryant, Mr. and Mrs. Pappas have been members of the University’s Parents Council, a leadership group of Bryant parents and families working together to help the University fulfill its mission of providing an education that challenges, inspires, and prepares students for success.
Mr. and Mrs. Pappas have also helped the University build the Parents Fund, reaching out to other parents to support the progress made at Bryant over the past 15 years.
Mr. Pappas has donated his time and business expertise to Bryant, serving as a judge in the Bryant Elevator Pitch competition, one of the largest of its kind in the country -- and perhaps the most anticipated -- and feared -- aspect of Business 101.
Through their commitment to Bryant, Mr. and Mrs. Pappas provide a living example to their son -- and others -- of the importance of getting involved and what it means to be good stewards of the future.
Susan and William Pappas, through your exemplary commitment, you have helped the University advance its mission of providing an education that delivers the highest standards of academic excellence, character, and ethics within in a global, real-world context.
Bryant University is honored to call you Champions for Philanthropy.
For nearly three decades, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the largest of the Big Four accounting firms and one of the world’s largest professional services organizations, has been a dynamic corporate partner and faithful friend, providing generous financial support and leadership to programs throughout Bryant University.
PwC’s Accounting Careers Leadership Institute is a weeklong summer program at Bryant that introduces Latino/a and African American rising high school seniors from around the country to the accounting profession and to the role they will have as corporate citizens.
Bryant faculty found a strong ally in PwC for the initiative to increase diversity within the accounting profession and at the University. The firm has invested more than $500,000 in this immersion program, including a recent $150,000 grant, extending the summer institute for an additional three years. A group of PwC partners, along with several employees who are Bryant alumni, serve as program mentors and have created the PricewaterhouseCoopers Endowed Scholarship Fund, which assists students who take part in the summer institute to attend Bryant.
During its first five years, nearly 200 students have participated in the program and more than half have gone on to apply for admission to Bryant. This fall, some students who took part in the summer institute’s first year began their accounting careers at PwC.
PwC is also an active benefactor of Bryant’s Intercultural Center and our 4MILE@bryant program for multicultural and international students which provides a network of mentors and advisers and activities to ensure their success at Bryant.
The Women’s Summit, World Trade Day, and the Honors Program are among the many other programs that flourish with PwC’s generous support.
Beyond their considerable financial participation in the life of Bryant, PwC partners have generously contributed their time and expertise to enhance the vibrant educational experience of Bryant students. They have extended their leadership skills and volunteered on many fronts, including guest lecturing, and serving on the Accounting Advisory Board and Bryant’s Board of Trustees.
PwC recruits talented Bryant students through the University’s Amica Center for Career Education, hiring nearly 200 graduates for full-time positions in just the last five years. In addition, more than 150 students have been accepted into PwC’s much sought-after internship program.
Bryant University deeply appreciates the many contributions of PwC, its partners, and its employees in many areas, including educational and programming excellence, student involvement, leadership, and philanthropic support. We are proud to call PwC a Friend of the University and honored to proclaim the firm a Champion for Philanthropy.