President Gittell

Distinguished economist and economic development expert Dr. Ross Gittell is the University's ninth president.
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Bryant University President Ross Gittell, Ph.D., is the ninth president in Bryant’s 157-year history.

President Gittell joins the Bryant community after nearly a decade as Chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire, a seven-college system with 26,000 students. He previously served as James R. Carter Professor and Department Chair for the Department of Management, Peter T. Paul College (Whittemore School of Business and Economics), University of New Hampshire. He has also served as Adjunct Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, and Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston New England Public Policy Center.

He succeeded Ronald K. Machtley, who served as Bryant's eighth president since 1996.

Welcome to Bryant, President Gittell!

"Hi Ross,
Welcome to Rhode Island and the Bryant team. Good Luck in your new role. The folks who organized the selection effort for the new President did very well.
Rich Feeley - Class of 1976
Harmony, RI "

-- Richard Feeley

"Welcome to the Bryant community, President Gittell! I'm looking forward to your efforts to make Bryant a warm and welcoming environment for all its students."

-- Anthony T Mam '11

"Welcome to Bryant! I'm sure you'll soon realize how special this community is! We are all very excited to meet you! I am looking forward to seeing how you make your mark at Bryant. Wishing you and your family the best!!"

-- Liam Fluharty '23

"Wishing you and your family a very warm welcome to Bryant, President Gittell! This is a very special community, and we are so glad you are here. Thank you for leading us through this unprecedented time. We look forward to supporting you and working together to show the world the best of Bryant now and in the years to come."

-- Allison Butler, Psychology Professor & Bryant IDEA Director

"Welcome to Bryant, President Gittell! Wishing you and your family all the best!"

-- Michelle Casale ‘95

"Welcome to the Bryant family President Gittell! The Bryant community is an amazing place and I hope you and your family come to love it as much as we do.

-- Scott LaFond '82'

"Welcome to Bryant and our beautiful campus. Very excited to see what the next chapter will be. I look forward to getting to know you and your family. "

-- Joanne Robertson, Post Office Manager

"Best wishes for a tremendous run as President of Bryant, Dr. Gittel!! The Bryant community (and it is a wonderful community!) looks forward to meeting you and hearing your thoughts and ideas on how we continue to provide a wonderful educational experience to our students, especially in these challenging times! In the meantime, stay safe! "

-- Greg Lyden Class of 82

"Welcome! I hope that you and your family will love Bryant as much as we all do! We look forward to your guidance and words of strength and wisdom, especially in this year of uncertainty.
Best wishes! We look forward to seeing you at the Track and on the Field!"

-- Shay Austin-Leary, Bryant Track & Field

"Welcome to our University. Both my wife and I are members of the class of 1968. We look forward meeting if we are allowed on campus in the fall. Steve and Susan Berman"

-- Steve and Susan Berman

"From the Big Apple (via the Granite State) to Little Rhody - we are so happy to welcome you, Jody, Grace, and Rose to Bryant University. We're looking forward to getting to know you and to all the future holds for our community! Welcome!"

-- Leah DeCesare

"President Ross, Congratulations on your appointment! Bryant has been fortunate to have some incredible leadership over it's history and I am excited to see how you will leave your mark on the University I am incredibly proud to be an Alumni of."

-- John Boccuzzi, Jr. Class of 1990

"Welcome to the wonderful community at Bryant! We are from the class of 1968 and 1969 and our daughter graduated in the class of 1992!
We thoroughly enjoyed our 50th reunions! It’s a very well respected school and I’m sure you and your family will be welcomed with open arms! We look forward to meeting you in person in the near future! Stay safe and well!

-- Sid and Kathy Tinson

"Congratulations and good luck in your new position as Bryant University president. As the proud parents of an incoming freshman, we are very excited to be starting this journey with you. Welcome!"

-- Kimberly Sidoti

"Bryant is fortunate to have a leader like you as our new President. WELCOME!!!

Lloyd W. Cahoon, Class of 1966

-- Lloyd W Cahoon, Class of 1966

"Welcome President Gittell! Looking forward to meeting you and wishing you great success at Bryant University.

-- Judy Dumas

"Wishing you a warm welcome to the Bryant community! I’m so excited to meet you and even though this next year in particular may look challenging, I know we can flourish under your leadership! "

-- Lauren Fedor, Class of 2021

"Welcome to Bryant, President Gittell. I am also a relative newcomer to Bryant, having worked 35 years in the business world before joining the Bryant family 2 years ago. I am honored to be leading our Project Management program within the Management department.
I’ve taught at several institutions as an adjunct, and Bryant stands out for many reasons, but mostly because of its heart. Everyone cares so much about each other and that makes being here the best career decision of my life. I look forward to meeting you and doing all I can to support you in making Bryant the best it can be.

-- Robert P. Massoud, Lecturer - Management Department

""Welcome President Gittell to Bryant University. I hope your tenure is long and rewarding.

-- William L. Miner, Class of '62

"Excited to have your leadership at my alma mater! Bryant is a special place for many reasons, but one is the sense of community that extends off campus to the many alumni who represent the school and also stay connected to Bryant and each other. Looking forward to meeting you when you attend alumni events. Best wishes as you embark on your new job!"

-- Robin DeMattia, Class of 1985

"Welcome to Bryant, President Gittell. Can't wait to meet you soon! "

-- Paul Theriault, Class of 2022

"Wishing you and your family a warm Rhode Island welcome as you join the Bryant community!"

-- Bill Douglas ‘90

"Probably Bryants only alumnus with a Doctorate and Masters from Harvard University School of Education welcome and I wish you great success. Your experience and expertise will move Bryant forward . Allan (66)"

-- Allan S. Cohen, Ed.D. (

"Welcome to Bryant, President Gittell and family. We are so happy to have you join our Bulldog Family. WIshing you a very successful tenure at Bryant."

-- Kristen & Neil Harrigan, P'20, P'22

"Welcome! We are joining the Bryant family along with you, Geneva Berrett is class of 2024. I am so optimistic about Bryant’s trajectory, and feel confident that will continue under your leadership.

-- Claire Berrett

"Welcome to Bryant -- A place that shaped my thinking, formed life-long relationships, enhanced my love for entrepreneurship (and organizational behavior and employment law) and where I learned to realize that higher education can be a career! "

-- Dr. Jeffery T. Gates '99

"Excited for your arrival and wishing you the best in your new role! Welcome to Bryant and I hope you enjoy the Bryant community!"

-- Ryan Kilcoyne | Class of 2021

"Welcome President Gittell. We look forward to meeting you and working hand-in-hand to enhance student life!"

-- Ben McKaig - Bryant Football

"Welcome to Bryant. The Bryant community warmly welcomed me two years ago, so I'm glad to hear your experience has been the same. I hope your transition is going well in these challenging times, and I look forward to meeting you in person this fall.

-- Gene Kovacs

"Welcome to Bryant! We are excited to have you and your family join the Bryant community! Go Books, Go Bulldogs!"

-- Julie Volkman, Assistant Professor, Communication

"Welcome to you and your family! We are so happy to have you here to continue the great work that has been done on Bryant's campus and to take us into the future of higher education. So excited for this next chapter."

-- Laura Kohl, Director of Library Services

"Welcome, President Gittell! I look forward to getting to know you and your family and very excited to see where the next few years takes us at Bryant...wonderful things ahead!"

-- Veronica Mansour, Associate Director, Career Services

"Welcome to Bryant, President Gittell! It is already evident you’re going to continue the mission of making our university the best business education out there.

-- Nick R, Class of 2021

"Welcome to Bryant. Looking forward to seeing you building on the strong foundation that President Matchley has left behind. Hope to meet you when we visit campus in the future. "

-- Steve Ginsburg Class of ‘78

"Welcome to Bryant President Gittell! I very much look forward to working with you. As a proud '85 '92MBA alum and 13+year employee, I couldn't be prouder to be a member of the Bryant community! THANK YOU for joining us!"

-- Lisette Clem

"Dear Ross,
I'm so glad you are joining us! I was happy to learn that you grew up in NYC and shoveled sidewalks. I grew up in New York, too! I lived in Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, and Windsor Terrace. I went to Stuyvesant High School. Looking forward to connecting on NYC memories and much more."

-- Martha Kuhlman

"Welcome to the Bryant Community! "

-- Kim Keyes

"Welcome, President Gittell and a warm welcome to your family! I am excited to work with you on our student success and retention initiatives. I can't wait for you to meet my team of talented higher education professionals. We are certainly all eager to meet you face-to face!"

-- Laurie Hazard, Assistant Dean for Student Success

"We are so excited to have you as such an integral part of the wonderful Bryant community! I am lucky that I get to experience the amazing leadership of two different University Presidents during my time at Bryant as I continue on to achieve my Master's this year. Wishing you the best of luck and I cannot wait to see all that you do! "

-- Natalie Terranova - Class of 2020

"Welcome to Bryant and wishing you the very best."

-- John Quinn