June 5, 2019
Dear Bryant Community Members,
Now that the commencement exercises for the Class of 2019 have brought the 2018-19 Academic Year to a close, the Bryant University Board of Trustees has turned to the important work of identifying a successor to President Ron Machtley. As you know, Ron and Kati recently announced their intention to step down from their roles in June 2020.
The Board is committed to an open and inclusive search process. We intend to engage the entire Bryant community – faculty, staff, students and alumni – to help us identify the skills and personal qualities the next president of Bryant should have. We will also be soliciting your thinking on the challenges facing higher education, and Bryant in particular.
The Board has established a Steering Committee to implement best practices for the search process. Its co-chairs are Bill Conaty, chair of the Bryant Board and former senior vice president of corporate human resources at General Electric, and Dr. Patricia O’Brien, chair of the Academic & Faculty Affairs Committee and associate provost for budget and planning at Boston University. The other members are Dr. Margaret Van Bree, vice-chair of the Academic & Faculty Affairs Committee and president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and David Weinstein, chair of the Compensation Committee and former executive vice president of Fidelity Investments.
Working in conjunction with David Beirne, chair of the Nominating Committee and general partner of X10 Capital, the Steering Committee will establish a Presidential Search Committee, composed of trustees and faculty representatives. The Search Committee will be charged with making a recommendation to the Board of Trustees regarding the next president.
In the next few weeks, the Steering Committee will interview executive search firms and select the firm best equipped to be its partner in this year-long process. The search firm will also help the Board solicit input from the Bryant community. We will use this process to develop a position description that will enable us to choose the next president of Bryant from what we expect to be a very strong pool of candidates.
We are about to embark on a process that will certainly bring change to our community, but change brings opportunity and renewed vision for Bryant’s future.
We will provide additional information in the coming weeks. Before then, questions or comments may be directed to Tim Paige, Vice President for Human Resources (firstname.lastname@example.org).
William J. Conaty ’67 and Dr. Patricia O’Brien P’15
Bryant University Board of Trustees