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  • Bryant President Machtley Steps Down After 24 Years, Leaving a Transformed Institution as His Legacy

    Visionary Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley will step down from office on June 30, after nearly a quarter of a century at the helm of the school he helped transform from a regional business college to a top ranked national university. One of the nation’s longest serving college presidents and among only a handful to come to the job from national public service in the U.S. Congress, The Honorable Ronald K. Machtley became president of Bryant College in 1996. Under his leadership Bryant has experienced unprecedented growth in all areas including academic excellence, enrollment, student programs and athletics, facilities and campus expansion, and endowments. Machtley is succeeded by Economist Ross Gittell, Ph.D., Former Chancellor at Community College System of New Hampshire.
    “It has been an honor to serve as the president of Bryant University. Bryant has made historic progress, from new academic programs to a transformed campus and life-changing residential experience. We are financially very strong. Most important, Bryant is equal to any institution in graduating outstanding students who are prepared for leadership roles around the world,” Machtley said. “Kati and I love this institution, its faculty, staff, and students. There may be many university presidents more accomplished, but I can’t imagine there are any who have cherished more the opportunity I was given to strengthen a learning community and help improve the lives of students.”
    “Ron Machtley has been a catalyst. In each of his 24 years of service, Ron established and then met key goals including building new facilities, creating new academic programs, going to Division I in athletics, and establishing a global mindset across campus,” said Bryant University Board of Trustees Chair William J. Conaty ’67. “Ron and his wife, Kati, made a tremendous commitment to our community. Bryant University’s Board of Trustees is extremely grateful for all that they accomplished in making Bryant the world-class institution we are proud of today.”
    Under President Machtley’s leadership, Bryant has emerged as a nationally recognized university positioned on a dynamic trajectory of continued future success. His demonstrated results include: 

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