Published 03/02/18

Contact: Cecilia Cooper, Director of Public Relations, 401-232-6932 desk, 401-441-7502 cell 

Bryant University Presidential Term Extended Through 2022: Trustees “Bullish” About Bryant’s Future Under Machtley Leadership

Dear Bryant Community,

I am extremely pleased to announce that Bryant University has extended the employment of our President, Ron Machtley, through June 30, 2022. The continuity of Ron’s extraordinary leadership will position us for continued success as Bryant embarks on a series of bold, new strategic initiatives.

"The continuity of Ron’s extraordinary leadership will position us for continued success as Bryant embarks on a series of bold, new strategic initiatives."

Ron has led Bryant University with his principled character and innovative initiatives for more than 22 years, one of the nation’s longest-running collegiate presidencies.  Ron’s track record of success has been truly inspirational in the eyes of Bryant’s Board of Trustees. Looking ahead, with Ron at the helm Bryant is committed to achieving  these four strategic objectives:  (1) ever-greater academic excellence, (2) educating the whole person for success in a technology-driven workplace, (3) inspiring the collective spirit and commitment of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, and (4) building a diverse and inclusive community of U.S. and international students.

These four strategic objectives will be reached through specific initiatives designed to prepare well-rounded global citizens for productive lives and careers in this era of increasing globalization and rapid change. Among the specific initiatives will be:     

  • Elevating academic excellence in graduate programs in the College of Business.
  • Building-out the School of Health Science with both certificate and management-oriented graduate programs. 
  • Integrating into the curriculum the study and application of data science, analytics, and other technology-related subjects to meet the demands of the future workplace.
  • Expanding Bryant’s reach beyond China to other countries and cultures, especially in Latin and South America.
  • Enhancing one of Bryant’s most important assets – our safe and beautiful residential campus - to attract and retain the best students in an increasingly competitive market.  In this regard, Bryant plans to invest more than $30 million in the next three years to modernize the residential housing and campus dining experience for our students.

To attain these goals, Bryant must continue to grow its financial resources.  To date, the Bryant University capital campaign has exceeded its goal of $75 million.  Today, I am pleased to announce that President Machtley has agreed to lead the effort to push the campaign over $100 million.

Bryant’s Growth During President Machtley’s Tenure

The Board of Trustees is bullish about Bryant’s future under President Machtley’s continued leadership.  Ron has built and effectively manages an outstanding team of faculty and professional staff.  The Board appreciates the creative contributions, collegiality and hard work of the entire Bryant community.  An indispensable part of that community is Ron’s wife, the First Lady of Bryant, Kati Machtley.  Kati created and has directed for the past 22 years the highly successful Bryant Women’s Summit that attracts more than 1000 women and sells out every year.  Bryant is fortunate that the Machtleys’ love of our University - its people and mission – have imbued our community with a unique character of integrity, compassion, and drive for success.

"Our positive trajectory of enhanced academic excellence, growing financial resources, innovative and relevant programming, and visionary leadership gives me great hope for the continued success of our school."

The Board’s optimistic outlook follows the trajectory of our history. From a business college with an uncertain financial outlook in 1996, Bryant is now a highly ranked university with global presence and strong financials.  Here are some key milestones I share with pride:

  • Solid Financial Condition.  S&P and Moody’s have issued highly positive reports on Bryant’s financial condition every year since 1997.  Bryant has never recorded a deficit since 1997.  And since 1997, Bryant has reinvested from its annual surplus more than $120 million in buildings and infrastructure.
  • Academic Excellence.  In 2004, Bryant College was renamed Bryant University to recognize the innovative and integrative programming developed within the College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences.  Bryant University has enjoyed ever-higher national rankings for its programs, increased enrollments of students with ever-stronger academic credentials, and greater international recognition.
  • Athletic and Student-Life Programs.  In 2008, Bryant moved up to the highly competitive NCAA Division I level with impressive performances of female and male athletes, led by outstanding coaches who have ensured that they are successful both on the field and in the classroom. Bryant University now has more than 100 clubs and organizations to meet the needs of our residential campus, where 86% of our undergraduates live.
  • International Presence.  In 2014, Bryant Zhuhai opened in China, only the fourth U.S. university authorized to grant four-year baccalaureate degrees in China.
  • Award-Winning Campus Environment.  Bryant’s physical facilities, both academic and residential, have grown by over half a million square feet, including the award-winning 50,000 square foot Academic Innovation Center, completed in 2017.

Bryant’s history is rich and today our community is strong - and growing stronger. Our positive trajectory of enhanced academic excellence, growing financial resources, innovative and relevant programming, and visionary leadership gives me great hope for the continued success of our school. We thank Ron and Kati for all that they have done in the past and look forward to our future together with extraordinary optimism.

Sincerely,

William Conaty '67
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Bryant University