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!

"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

"Welcome to your Freshman year at Bryant, alongside our incoming Freshmen! Excited for what the future holds for everyone as we move forward together."

-- Joanne Velardi

"Welcome, President Gittell and family! Best wishes for a successful beginning to your tenure at Bryant. You are certainly faced with an unprecedented set of challenges, but I hope you will find the Bryant community to be supportive while you navigate them!"

-- Nicole D'Andrea '18

"Welcome to Bryant! Myself and many others are very excited to have you and your family on campus. Thank you for hearing our concerns so quickly and starting a necessary conversation!"

-- Samantha Turcotte, Class is 2021

"Welcome President Gittell and family to Bryant University! Wishing you all the best. Go Dawgs!"

-- Will Tondo ‘19

"A heartfelt Bryant welcome to you and your family. And good luck as you begin what I am sure will be one of the most fulfilling chapters in your professional and personal life. "

-- Mary Lyons

"Welcome Ross! You'll have the full support of the alumni to continue making Bryant a catalyst for business leadership."

-- Steve Craffey via Facebook

"Wishing you and your family only the best!!! Go Bulldogs!!!"

-- Mort Conlan via Facebook

"So excited for this next chapter in Bryant’s history."

-- Ted Garlacy via Facebook

"Welcome to the Bryant Community!"

-- Donna Lamirande via Facebook

"Welcome President Gittell and family. So far in every photo I have seen you seem to be a very laid-back, personable guy. Glad to see you at Bryant, together with your family."

-- Karen Hall via Facebook

"Lucky family to be a part of Bryant community. Best

-- Claire Kopacsi via Facebook

"Good Luck "

-- Brian R. Terry. 84’

"Welcome Dr. Gittell! We look forward to meeting you in the Fall and will see you at graduation, May '21!

The Lohle Family (Sue '85, Sean '21)"

-- Sue Lohle

"Welcome to Bryant Dr.Gittell! I’m so excited for you to be our new president and I look forward to the bright future ahead for the Bryant Community!"

-- Nicole Politano -Class of 2022

"Welcome to Bryant University, President Gittell!!
May your time at Bryant be rewarding and successful! We are looking forward to the next chapter and hoping it will be great with lots of great and memorable adventures!! Looking forward to meet you!"

-- Delores Pearce, Parent 2024

"We are very excited to welcome you to campus in August! Can’t wait to see what this year brings. Go Bulldogs!!!"

-- Olivia Pohorylo Class of 2022

"Welcome to Bryant, President Gittell! "

-- Karni Murray

"Can’t wait to see how the school keeps evolving "

-- Devin Guirales

"Welcome to the Bryant Family, Dr. Gittell! New Hampshire's loss is Bryant's gain. As a Class of '89 alum, I look forward to seeing how you build Bryant for the future."

-- Dawn Marie Perkins, MAS (Class of 1989)

"Welcome to the Bulldog family! We're excited to have you!"

-- Kathleen Gonzalez, '18

"Good Morning President Gittell,
You have some very big shoes that you have to fill and I am sure that you will fill as you settle in, I do look forward to your imprint on the future of Bryant. Would like to engage you in a discussion regarding cloud technology."

-- Mark Edward Pearlstein 71

"Welcome to Bryant! We are very excited to watch you build upon the successes of the Machtleys’"

-- Chris Ciarlone Class of 2017

"Welcome to the Bryant community! May your time with our wonderful institution be full of happiness and growth for all."

-- Anne (Day) Gaudet '90

"Can’t wait to have you be our president for many great years to come!!! Go Books Go Bulldogs!!"

-- Trevor Saunders

"Welcome to Bryant, Dr. Gittell. You are the right president at the right time to lead the university to a bright future."

-- John Kostrzewa

"Good luck in your new position! Hope to meet you soon."

-- Chief Robert Seltzer, Smithfield Fire Department

"Welcome to Bryant, President Gittell!"

-- Bryant University College of Business via Twitter

"Welcome to Bryant, President Gittell! (May we call you Ross?) The Bryant Math Dept wishes you the very best!"

-- Rick Gorvett via Twitter

"Wishing a very warm welcome home to President Gittell! The Bryant community is thoroughly excited for your new beginning as a bulldog. We can’t wait to meet you! "

-- Amanda Whitham via Twitter