Published 09/22/16

Contact: Cecilia Cooper | Bryant Director of Public Relations | 401-232-6932 office | 401-441-7502 cell 

MEDIA ADVISORY: Academic Innovation Center Grand Opening

  • WHAT: Grand Opening of Bryant University's trailblazing Academic Innovation Center, answering the call for innovative leaders prepared with skills essential for the 21st century. The event will feature tours of the facility.
  • WHEN and WHERE: Friday, September 23, 2016, 1-1:30 p.m., 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI, 02917
  • WHO: Bryant leaders, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Board of Trustees; Smithfield leaders including Smithfield Town Manager Dennis Finlay; U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, R.I. State Senate President Theresa Paiva Weed, and R.I. Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee; Academic Innovation Center project contributors including lead architect Kip Ellis of EYP Architecture & Engineering and Robert Murray, president of Bond Brothers Construction; and R.I. business leaders including Helena Foulkes, president of CVS Pharmacy and Executive VP, CVS Health.
  • INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: There will be opportunities for brief interviews with Bryant leaders and faculty at the conclusion of the program. Please call in advance.

PROGRAM (subject to change)

  • Remarks from Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley
  • Remarks from Sen. Jack Reed
  • Remarks from Chair of the University Board of Trustees and Campaign Co-Chair Bill Conaty '67
  • Ribbon-cutting ceremony
  • Refreshments and student-led tours of the facility