SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — The president of Bryant University, Ronald K. Machtley, who’s held the post since 1996, told the university’s community Monday he would be stepping down next year, after the class of 2020 graduates.
Machtley, 70, made the announcement in an open letter.
“It is simply time to start a new chapter in life,” he wrote.
Machtley said he and his wife Kati want to pursue creative interests and travel and spend more time with children and grandchildren.
“After 49 years of a working career that included service in the US Navy, the practice of law, service in the US Congress and now 23 years as president of this great institution, it is time to pause and pass the mantle of leadership to another,” he added.
Machtley served as a Rhode Island congressman in the House of Representatives from 1989 to 1995.
Under Machtley’s leadership, Bryant College, previously known as a regional business school, grew into a nationally-ranked university, noted William J. Conaty ’67, the chair of the board of trustees. Bryant also added a college of business and a college of arts and sciences, doubled the number of students enrolled, added 500,000 square feet of facilities to the campus, and moved to NCAA Division I athletics.
Back in March 2018, the board of trustees announced they had extended Machtley’s employment through the end of June 2022, with a new commitment to modernize the campus with an investment of $30 million.
Hear more from President Machtley on his decision tonight on Eyewitness News at 5:30.