President of Bryant University will address the Class of 2018
The Honorable Ronald K. Machtley, President of Bryant University, will address the Class of 2018 at Rocky Hill School’s commencement exercises, Friday, June 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Machtley became Bryant University’s president in 1996. Under his leadership, Bryant has experienced unprecedented growth throughout the organization. Machtley’s pivotal contributions in areas including academic excellence, enrollment, campus expansion, and technology have established an exceptional foundation for continued success.
“Rocky Hill School is profoundly honored to welcome President Machtley as our 2018 Commencement Speaker,” said Dr. James Tracy, Head of School. “He has been a visionary leader and immensely impactful leader throughout his career, an inspiring role model for our graduating students and the entire Rocky Hill community.
“It is a great honor to deliver the 2018 commencement address to the graduating class of Rocky Hill School,” said President Machtley. “Rocky Hill School is a great institution that very intentionally prepares its students for high levels of academic achievement in all their future endeavors.”
Prior to assuming his duties at Bryant, President Machtley served as a United States Congressman for the State of Rhode Island from 1989 to 1995. He was a member of the House Armed Services Committee; was the ranking Republican on the Small Business Committee’s Minority Enterprise, Finance, and Urban Development Subcommittee; co-founded the first U.S. House Working Group on Mental Health; and served as co-chairman of the New England Energy Caucus. Indicative of the esteem of his congressional colleagues, he was elected President of his Congressional Class during each term that he served. Prior to serving in Congress, President Machtley was a practicing attorney. He co-edited a book titled The Telecommunication Act Handbook.
A 1970 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Mr. Machtley earned a juris doctorate in 1978 from Suffolk University Law School. He served on active duty in the U.S. Navy and retired as a captain from the U.S. Naval Reserves in 1995 after 25 years of service. From 1992 to 1995 he was a member of the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Naval Academy.
President Machtley has served on the boards of several corporations, and many civic and charitable organizations including The Rhode Island Foundation and as the President of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council. In 2011, the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) recognized him for his exceptional leadership on behalf of higher education and the advancement of educational opportunity. Machtley has been recognized by numerous organizations for his leadership. He has been listed in Who’s Who in American Politics, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World.