Over the past 24 years, I’ve watched as Bryant has grown dramatically – in the number of students, faculty, and staff; in academic offerings and experiential opportunities; in facilities and campus size; in student life; in athletics and wellness; in diversity and international programs; and in its strong sense of community.
I’ve had the privilege of serving as Bryant’s president for nearly a quarter of a century, and it has been a joy and great honor to work with Bryant’s talented faculty and staff while getting to know generations of students and alumni. Bryant has changed the lives of tens of thousands of students who, after graduation, have gone on to exemplary success in their professions and in life. And so it is that the University is making a crucial difference in the world.
During these years Bryant has evolved from a regional business college to a nationally ranked university with a strong reputation that extends around the world. As much as some things have changed, however, our core values as a learning community have remained steadfast. Our collective vision of Bryant as a unique institution with a vital mission and enormous potential has never been stronger.
This fall, we celebrated the outstanding success of our historic capital campaign, Expanding the World of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Future. Everywhere you look, across every facet of Bryant, this campaign has already had a transformational impact.
We have raised $111 million, nearly triple the goal of Bryant’s first campaign and well ahead of both our original goal of $75 million and the stretch goal of $100 million set for this campaign. This has only been possible with the exceptional leadership of Bryant’s Board of Trustees and our campaign co-chairs, Bill Conaty ’67 and Mike Fisher ’67, 15H, as well as the dedication of our University Advancement team and the generosity of more than 24,000 donors – including alumni, parents, friends, faculty, students, and staff. As our campaign ends, we will be proud of all that we have accomplished together and excited for what the next chapter of Bryant’s future holds in store.
We’ve recently published a limited edition 30-year history of Bryant’s transformation from the 125th anniversary in 1989 to the present. This period includes my presidential years and those of my predecessor, Dr. William E. Trueheart. A digital copy is available online, and selected highlights of our shared journey are featured in this issue of Bryant magazine. I hope you will enjoy reading these stories of Bryant’s phenomenal progress.
Kati and I are extremely grateful for our time at Bryant. We love this institution, and, as we look to the future and our departure after this year’s May 2020 Commencement, we know that all of us, by working together, have created an exceptional foundation for Bryant’s continued excellence and success. Soon, the Board will select a strong successor who will take the helm and chart the future course for Bryant. I am incredibly proud of the legacy this new leader will inherit.
Ronald K. Machtley