Published 06/23/17

Alumni Association officers elected

Bryant University’s National Alumni Council, the governing board of the Alumni Association, has elected officers for the 2017-2019 term.

Outgoing President Glen Martin ’81, ’87 MBA announced the new leadership team, each of whom has demonstrated deep commitment to Bryant through engagement with students, fellow alumni, and faculty.

JayWeinberg Incoming President Jay Weinberg ’85, owner of The Jay Group, a marketing services company in Chicago, credits Bryant with being instrumental in his growth as a business person and a leader. “Rarely does a day go by, even more than 30 years later, that I don't consciously draw upon my education at Bryant."

Weinberg has been a sponsor and judge of Bryant’s New Venture Competition and regularly meets with students in the University’s entrepreneurship program. He has also been a judge and mentor at the IDEA program for first-year students.

RitaWilliams-Bogar Returning as Vice President with a focus on membership is Rita Williams-Bogar ’76, who also serves Bryant as a member of the Board of Trustees. Williams-Bogar, who has a Ph.D. in management from Walden University, is the president and CEO of Personal Development Solutions, LLC, where she provides consultative services in the areas of leadership development, ethics, diversity, and other areas.

Williams-Bogar, a frequent presenter and moderator for the Alumni Association’s regular webinar series, notes that she enjoys “giving back and supporting current students in their educational and career pursuits."

MarissaCrean Serving as Vice President with a focus on Bryant’s Regional Alumni Networks is Marissa Crean '81. Crean is the Program Lead for The Hartford's Early Career Leadership Development Program - Finance Track, and specializes in working with early and mid-career professionals in career management, fine tuning leadership skills, and successfully leading teams. She has helped build Bryant's strong alumni pipeline at The Hartford through internships and job placements, has judged at Bryant's IDEA program and has also participated in the Alumni Association's webinar series.

Crean encourages her many Bryant friends to stay engaged as well. “My commitment to Bryant has strengthened over the years, and I'm pleased to see firsthand the University's continued growth and transformation.”

Bryant’s 27-member National Alumni Council consists of alumni from the 1960s through the present and has representation from across the United States. Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement Robin Warde P ’17 notes, "We hope to expand the NAC to include alumni living abroad as well."

The National Alumni Council strives to:

  • Represent to the Administration and the Board of Trustees the opinions and recommendations of the alumni
  • Establish Regional Alumni Networks in various areas and through all available mediums of association to encourage alumni to participate
  • Assist Regional Alumni Networks in developing and maintaining leadership and following guidelines for operation
  • Encourage support of the University by alumni and others as it carries out its mission and purpose
  • Provide and promote initiatives such as career networking, job placement, student recruitment, and volunteer service
  • Continually research, evaluate, monitor, and recommend programs and services

New members are chosen by a nominating committee and are endorsed by its current members.