Published 01/21/15

Bryant names first provost as chief academic officer

Contact: Frank Tortorici, Steinreich Communications, (201) 498-1600

Glenn M. SulmasySMITHFIELD, R.I. –  Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley today announced the appointment of Glenn M. Sulmasy, J.D., L.L.M., of the United States Coast Guard Academy as Bryant’s first university provost and chief academic officer, effective March 2015.

“I am honored by this opportunity to serve as a leader of Bryant University’s world-class faculty."

Selected after a nationwide search, Sulmasy is the chair and designated dean of the Department of Humanities and Professor of Law at the United States Coast Guard Academy, in New London, CT. An acclaimed international law and national security expert with more than 25 years of experience in academic, law, and government service settings, Captain Sulmasy brings a distinguished record of administrative leadership and academic achievement to his position. 

The first provost for Bryant joins a visionary executive leadership team, led by the Honorable Ronald K. Machtley, Bryant University president, which has established Bryant as a leader in immersive business and liberal arts education with a focus on international education and innovative models of teaching and learning. Bryant has earned national recognition for its groundbreaking teaching and learning programs.

“To define our future and set the pace for others to follow, we must be bold in advancing our mission – creating a new model for educating innovative leaders with character who will make a difference around the world,” Machtley said in announcing Sulmasy’s appointment.

“Glenn Sulmasy’s exceptional background, distinguished reputation, demonstrated leadership abilities, and international perspective will accelerate Bryant’s trajectory of excellence. I look forward to having a provost with his skills and expertise as a member of our executive leadership team.”

“I am honored by this opportunity to serve as a leader of Bryant University’s world-class faculty, that would be the envy of any college or university, anywhere, as well as the chance to participate as a member of Bryant’s senior leadership team, helping to cultivate in Bryant students the qualities of character vital for leadership and essential to the health of a democratic society,” Provost Sulmasy said in a statement released today.

“Under President Machtley’s leadership, Bryant has built an enviable reputation and is perfectly positioned for the dynamics of 21 st century academia. I am eager to embrace the initiatives of Bryant’s ambitious strategic plan, Vision 20/20: Expanding the World of Opportunity, and build on this legacy.”

Bryant University has a distinguished history of more than 150 years, preparing students for success by providing rigorous academic programs that integrate business and liberal arts to develop the skills, critical thinking, and global perspective that are essential to future leaders.

Bryant’s provost is responsible for all academic and research programs within the University’s College of Business, College of Arts and Sciences, and School of Health Sciences. Provost Sulmasy will play a leadership role in the implementation of Bryant’s Vision 20/20 strategic plan, reviewing undergraduate and the graduate education curricula to ensure continuing and increasing excellence, advancing selected academic and research areas, and recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty.

In his role as designated dean and chair of the Department of Humanities, Sulmasy currently oversees faculty members in diverse disciplines ranging from law to English composition to foreign languages to ethics and philosophy. His recent accomplishments include a multi-year overhaul of the government major at the Academy, ensuring it is on par with the best liberal arts and political science programs in the nation, as well as initiating and overseeing new, interdisciplinary centers focused on the Arctic as well as in the growing field of cyber policy and law. He served as the Coast Guard Academy’s inaugural Director of the Institute for Leadership and collaborated in the Department of Management’s AACSB accreditation efforts.

In addition to teaching at the Coast Guard Academy and the U.S. Naval War College, Sulmasy has lectured in the fields of International Law, U.S. Constitutional Law, and National Security at Harvard and the University of California Berkeley. Sulmasy has also served as a National Security and Human Rights Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He has taught courses in Military Law and Homeland Security Law as an adjunct Professor at Roger Williams Law School. He is currently a member of the adjunct faculty at University of Connecticut School of Law, where he teaches National Security Law. 

A Fellow in Homeland Security and National Security Law for the Center for National Policy in Washington D.C., Sulmasy publishes and lectures widely on the law of armed conflict, international law, and national security matters. He is widely published in the news media as well as law journals and is a sought after speaker on national security matters – both domestically and internationally. He is also a sought-after expert on national security and has appeared on CBS News, National Public Radio, CNN International, and Al-Jazeera America. He is the author of The National Security Court System – A Natural Evolution of Justice in an Age of Terror (Oxford University Press) and Co-Editor of International Law Challenges – Homeland Security and Combating Terrorism (2005).  

Sulmasy received his Bachelor of Science degree in Government from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law. He also holds a Master of Laws degree (L.L.M.) from the University of California Berkeley School of Law.  He currently holds the rank of Captain in the United States Coast Guard and will resign from the Coast Guard prior to assuming his position as Bryant University Provost.

Sulmasy’s appointment as the first provost for Bryant culminates a nationwide search that began last summer. The provost search committee was chaired by Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Wendy Samter, Ph.D., and Associate Dean of the College of Business Madan Annavarjula, Ph.D. The additional members of the search committee were: 

  • Robert Jay Amrien, MPAS, PA-C, Physician Assistant Program Director, School of Health Sciences
  • Allison Butler, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Applied Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Carol DeMoranville, Ph.D., Professor, Marketing, College of Business
  • Student Charde Hunt-Jeanty ’17
  • Chuck LoCurto, Vice President for Information Services and CIO
  • Susan McLacken, Registrar
  • Michael Roberto, D.B.A., Trustee Professor, Management, College of Business, and Director, Center for Program Innovation
  • Student Jared Saunders ‘17
  • Edinaldo Tebaldi, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Economics, College of Arts and Sciences

Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., is a leading private university offering an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education. The University’s groundbreaking programs have been nationally recognized by organizations including the Davis Educational Foundation and Hanover Research. Founded in 1863, Bryant University has approximately 3,500 graduate and undergraduate students from 35 states and 85 countries. Bryant University is recognized as a leader in international education and regularly receives top rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, College Factual, and Barron’s.