Bryant's Next President

Distinguished economist and economic development expert Dr. Ross Gittell will become the University's ninth president.

Elizabeth O'Neil

Associate Vice President for University Relations
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Dr. Ross Gittell

Distinguished economist and economic development expert Dr. Ross Gittell, Chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) since 2012, has been appointed the University’s ninth president. He will succeed Ronald K. Machtley in July 2020.

The appointment follows an extensive national search and unanimous approval from the Bryant University Board of Trustees.

“Throughout higher education we need new models for enhanced student success aligned with economic growth and opportunity and societal needs,” notes Dr. Gittell.  “With its exceptional student learning outcomes, engagement with industry, and deep commitment to educating future leaders, Bryant University is at the forefront. I am excited to begin the next era at Bryant.”

“Throughout higher education we need new models for enhanced student success aligned with economic growth and opportunity and societal needs.”

Dr. Gittell is highly regarded in economic and policy circles for his economic analysis and forecasting. With an extensive background in university teaching, strategic planning, and management, Gittell’s focus has been on applying economic, organizational, and management theory to regional, state, and community economic development issues. He has frequently served as an expert resource for government, non-profit, and business leaders in New Hampshire and nationally on such issues as economic policy, workforce development, job creation strategies, community development, and the business climate.

He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Chicago.

“With its exceptional student learning outcomes, engagement with industry, and deep commitment to educating future leaders, Bryant University is at the forefront.”

Dr. Gittell's teaching career in management and economics spans over 20 years. Prior to his appointment as CCSNH Chancellor, he was the James R. Carter Professor in the Department of Management at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. In addition to the Whittemore School, he has taught at the Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy at the New School for Social Research in Manhattan, and in the School of Education, Economics Department and Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

"The role that has been the most meaningful to me in my career is as a champion for the future of higher education."

"The position of Bryant University President enables me to draw on both my experience as chancellor and my nearly two decades as a professor at UNH’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics, and that is very exciting," Dr. Gittell wrote in a recent message sent to the Bryant community. "The role that has been the most meaningful to me in my career is as a champion for the future of higher education."

Dr. Gittell is extensively published, including books, numerous articles, and professional studies.

For a more complete look at Dr. Gittell's achievements, please download his CV.

  • Ph.D. (Public Policy), Harvard University, Dively Fellow, November 1989
  • M.B.A. University of California, Berkeley, Beta Gamma Sigma, June 1981
  • A.B. (Economics), University of Chicago, Phi Beta Kappa, June 1979

Dr. Gittell is well-known in economic and policy circles for economic analysis and forecasting. With an extensive background in university teaching, strategic planning and management, Gittell’s focus has been on applying economic, organizational and management theory to regional, state and community economic development issues.

For many years, as a distinguished Professor at the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore School of Business and Economics, Gittell frequently served a resource for government, nonprofit and business decision makers in New Hampshire and nationally on such issues as economic policy, workforce development, job creation strategies, community development and the business climate.

Please refer to Dr. Gittell's CV for a complete list

BOOKS

  • With Matt Magnusson and Michael Merenda, "The Sustainable Business Casebook" (New York: Flat World Knowledge, 2013)
  • With Kathe Newman, editors, "Activist Scholar" (Newbury Park, CA. Sage Publications, 2011)
  • With Avis Vidal, "Community Organizing: Building Social Capital as a Development Strategy" (Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications,1999)
  • "Renewing Cities" (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1992)

REFEREED ARTICLES

  • With Samuels, Jon and Edinaldo Tebaldi, “The Contribution of Associate's Degree Holders to U.S. Earnings, Labor Quality, Productivity, and Overall Economic Growth,” Southern Economics Journal, Volume 84:2, October 2017.
  • With Josh Stillwagon, “The Effects of US State-Level Energy and Environmental Policies on Clean Technology Innovation and Employment,” Journal of Management and Sustainability, Volume 6, No.2 (2016)
  • With Jeff Sohl and Edinaldo Tebaldi, “Do Entrepreneurship and High-Tech Concentration Create Jobs?  Exploring the Growth in Employment in U.S. Metropolitan Areas from 1991 to 2007,” Economic Development Quarterly, May 2014
  • With Josh Stillwagon, “Tracking Jobs in Clean Industries in New England,” New England Economic Indicators, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 3rd Quarter 2011
  • With Edinaldo Tebaldi, “Poverty in U.S. Metropolitan Areas: What are the Key Determinants and What is the Role of Local Fiscal Structure,” Public Finance and Management, Volume 10, No. 3, 2010
  •  “Comparative Perspectives on Poverty and Public Finance,” Public Finance and Management, Volume 10, No. 3, 2010
  • “Constrained Choices and Persistent Gender Inequality: The Economic Status of Working Women in a High Income and Low Poverty State,” American Behavioral Scientist, October 2009
  • With Edinaldo Tebaldi, “Are Research and Development Tax Credits Effective? The Economic Impacts of a R&D Tax Credit in New Hampshire,” Public Finance and Management, Winter 2008, Volume 8, No. 1
  • With Edinaldo Tebaldi, "Did a Strong Economy in the 1990s Affect Poverty in US Metro Areas?”  Economic Development Quarterly, November 2007, Volume 21, No. 4
  • With Edinaldo Tebaldi, "Charitable Giving: Factors Influencing Giving in the U.S. States,"  Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Volume 35, Number 4, December 2006

BOOK CHAPTERS

  • “Leading Higher Education Redesign,” in James Antony, Ana Mari Cauce and Donna Shalala 
  • (eds.) "Challenges in Higher Education leadership: Practical and Scholarly Solutions" (NYC: NY: Routledge, 2017)
  • With Shannon Reid, “New Hampshire,” in Janice Friedel, Killacky, Miller and Katsinas (editors) "Fifty State Systems of Community Colleges: Mission, Governance, Funding & Accountability" (Johnson City, TN: The Overmountain Press, 2014)

OTHER PUBLISHED ARTICLES

  • “Commit to Building on New England’s Employability Advantage.” The New England Journal of Higher Education, July 31, 2017 “Recovery at Risk,” New England Journal of Higher Education, June 2011
  • With Venky Venkatachalam, “Launching the Next Industrial Revolution in New England: New Hampshire’s Green Launching Pad 1.0 and 2.0,” New England Journal of Higher Education, April 2011   
  • “The Green Launching Plan for New Hampshire’s Environmental and Economic Future,” New England Journal of Higher Education, July 2010

Please refer to Dr. Gittell's CV for a complete list.

  • Fellow, Complete College America. Fellows are recognized as accomplished content experts who have dedicated themselves to student success and embracing bold higher education reform. 2017-present.
  • Vice President, Board Member and Forecast Chair, New England Economic Partnership, 1999-present. 
  • Trustee and Executive Committee Member, Exeter Health Services and Exeter Hospital, Exeter, NH, April 2008-2018. 2019-present. 
  • Director, Exeter Trust Company, Portsmouth, NH, 2001-present. 
  • Board Member, New England Board of Higher Education, 2012-present. 
  • Commission Member, New England Commission on Higher Education & Employability, New England Board of Higher Education, Co-chair of working group on education-industry partnerships and increasing postsecondary opportunities for work-integrated, experiential and cooperative learning. 2017-18. 
  • Chair, New Hampshire Governor’s Task Force on STEM K-12 Education, 2014-2016. 
  • Chair, National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges, July 2016-2018. 
  • Member, New Hampshire Governor’s Revenue Estimating Panel. Appointed by the Governor. 1998-2005, 2013-2017 
  • Board Member, Foundation for Healthy Communities, Concord, NH, March 2009 - 2013. 
  • Council Member, State of New Hampshire Economic Development Advisory Council, appointed by the Governor, October 2008 - 2012. 
  • Board Member and Chair of Strategic Planning Committee, Endowment for Health, Concord, NH, September 2006 - 2010. 
  • Who’s Who in America, 2009
  • International Biographical Centre, Leading Educators of the World, 2005
  • Champion of Educational Opportunity, NH Educational Opportunity Association, 2005
  • Outstanding Associate Professor Award, University of New Hampshire, 2004
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2003
  • Excellence in Public Service Award, University of New Hampshire, 2002
  • Award for Excellence in Service, NH Commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development, December 2002
  • Nominated for Higher Education Excellence Award, New England Board of Higher Education, 2002 and 2003

 

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  • “We are thrilled to find a leader like Ross Gittell, who embodies the character and future vision for Bryant University. Dr. Gittell’s outstanding academic credentials and experience as the CEO of seven community colleges within a complex organizational setting make him a perfect fit to succeed the legendary Ron Machtley as Bryant’s next president.” – William J. Conaty ’67, Chair of the Bryant University Board of Trustees