About Dr. Gittell

Learn more about Dr. Ross Gittell, the university's ninth president.

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.

President Gittell’s distinguished career reflects a deep commitment to teaching, research, and public service in his professional and personal life. Among many civic leadership activities, he has made strategic contributions as a Fellow recognized for expertise in student success and higher education reform at Complete College America; as Vice President, Board Member, and Forecast Chair at New England Economic Partnership; and as a Board Member for the New England Board of Higher Education. His experience on social justice and equity includes academic publications and policy reports on minority entrepreneurship, income inequality, gender wage differentials and community economic development and organizing.  His academic and professional perspectives were formed at an early age by his parents, Irwin and Marilyn Gittell. NYC scholar-activist and City University of  New York Graduate Center Professor Marilyn Gittell was strongly committed to racial, gender, and educational justice, and especially known for her dedication to public school reform and community engagement.  Irwin Gittell had an independent CPA practice in NYC serving many small businesses and entrepreneurs, including minority and female start-ups.

Throughout his roles in higher education administration, strategic planning, research, and teaching, President Gittell has consistently focused on the intersection of student success and advancing educational and economic opportunity for the individual, the community, and the region. He is recognized among the nation’s preeminent experts in ensuring higher education alignment with industry and societal needs, and on applying economic, organizational, and management theory to regional, state, and community economic development issues. President Gittell has frequently served as an expert resource for government, non-profit, and business leaders in New Hampshire, New England, and nationally on topics including economic policy, workforce development, job creation strategies, community development, and the business climate.

His teaching career spans more than 20 years and includes, in addition to the Whittemore School, teaching at the Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy at the New School for Social Research in Manhattan, and in the Graduate School of Education, Economics Department and Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Dr. Gittell is active on many boards and commissions and is extensively published. Among his numerous books, book chapters, refereed articles, journals, and reports, President Gittell is author of Renewing Cities (Princeton University Press, 1992)), co-author of The Sustainable Business Casebook (New York: Flat World Knowledge, 2013), Activist Scholar (Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 2011) and Community Organizing: Building Social Capital as a Development Strategy (Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 1999). Beyond the academic arena, his background includes expert senior economic consulting for corporate and public sector clients.

President Gittell holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University, Dively Fellow; a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, Beta Gamma Sigma; and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Chicago, Phi Beta Kappa.

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


  • 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)


  • 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


  • “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)


  • “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