Catching up with: Frank Bingham ’61, ’72 MBA, Ph.D. Professor of Marketing (Retired)
Frank ’61, ’72 MBA, Ph.D., met his wife Caryl (Whitcher) Bingham ’61 AS, ’71 BS, Ph.D., at Bryant. From their first encounter on the Providence campus in 1959, they could not have known it would be the start of a journey that would see marriage, children, two doctoral degrees, multiple businesses, and decades of leadership in education.
Fixtures of the Bryant community
Frank and Caryl are recognizable fixtures of the Bryant community. Though the Binghams now split time between Florida and Rhode Island, they carry the affiliation wherever they go. They are members of the Bryant Leadership Council. As members of the Black & Gold Club, they have played a role in the surge in Bryant athletics. Most recently, they joined the 1863 Society when they included Bryant in their estate plan.
"I have a very long list of former students with whom I keep in touch."
Over the course of starting a family and developing multiple successful careers, something always brought them back to Bryant. And they’ve established something of a family tradition, seeing their daughter, Deborah Gallucci ’85 meet her husband, Ray Galluci ’84, at their alma mater.
Soon after graduating, Frank began his career within the Speidel Corporation, one facet of the large Rhode Island-based employer, Textron. The business experience gave Frank an edge in business-to-business marketing and industrial sales training. The Bryant connection remained strong and Frank returned to teach part-time early in the 1980s. Within a few years he completed a doctorate at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, which led to a full-time faculty role on the way to becoming chair of Bryant’s marketing department.
The ties formed in the classroom proved to be an ongoing source of inspiration. “I have a very long list of former students with whom I keep in touch,” says Frank. His strong relationship to generations of Bryant students earned Frank the Distinguished Faculty Award in 1998, presented by the Bryant Alumni Association. Even in retirement, the bond remains. “Bryant has been very supportive of its former faculty members,” Frank says. “All of us from that era have never forgotten what Bryant has done for us.”