Published 03/21/16

Gaw named first executive director of career education center

Kevin Gaw headshot Kevin Gaw, Ph.D., has been appointed the first executive director of Bryant’s nationally recognized Amica Center for Career Education. He most recently served as senior director of career services at Georgia State University, a four-year research and doctoral degree-granting institution with 32,000 students.

Gaw received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and holds an M.A. in Education – Counseling and Student Personnel. His background includes more than 22 years of progressive and comprehensive higher education experience serving a full range of students across all majors and levels, as well as significant international and intercultural experiences. His track record of innovation has been recognized with numerous awards.

"Alumni and parents are natural partners in the career success of our students."

“Dr. Gaw’s professional experiences make him especially well qualified to build on the successful foundation of the Amica Center in developing a forward-looking strategy that will best meet the needs of future graduates and enhance their prospects for success,” says John Saddlemire, Ed.D., vice president of student affairs and dean of students.

When it comes to the Amica Center’s success, Gaw cites the collaborative efforts of Bryant’s academic community in contributing to enviable internship, job, and graduate school placement rates. His vision includes expanding the development path for students through externships encompassing volunteer and service-learning organizations. He also sees Bryant playing a pivotal role in helping startup businesses grow through experiential learning opportunities for undergraduates.

Bryant’s interdisciplinary education is a great differentiator and a truly innovative curriculum, says Gaw. “I am eager to speak with employers about what sets us apart from other schools and gives our students a competitive edge.”

Gaw is also developing a way of showcasing for employers the competencies Bryant students begin developing as early as their first year through programs such as IDEA (Innovation and Design Experience for All).

“Bryant’s faculty and staff offer amazing programs, and there is such energy and focus across the board. The University’s size is allowing me to get to know members of this close-knit community.”

That community includes Bryant alumni, whom Gaw has been engaging with at events throughout the region.

“Alumni and parents are natural partners in the career success of our students,” he says. “They feel such a connection to Bryant University – that’s powerful and says a lot about our identity.” Gaw anticipates creating more avenues to support students, their parents, and alumni in new and creative ways. “I want them to know we will listen – and that they will have access to us,” he says.