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Bryant bids farewell to three distinguished faculty members, promotes seven
Sep 03, 2019

Outstanding faculty have always played a critical role in Bryant’s success and in the success of its students. The University recently announced the promotions of eight scholars and teachers in the College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences.

“This is a wonderful testament to the hard work, scholarship, service, and excellent teaching of these superb members of our distinguished faculty,” said Provost and Chief Academic Officer Glenn Sulmasy, J.D., LL.M.  “Congratulations to all and so very well deserved.”

In addition, three faculty members who have taught at Bryant for a collective 79 years, retired: Professor of History James Estey, MAT; Associate Professor of Sociology Sandra Enos, Ph.D.; and Professor of Marketing Jane McKay-Nesbitt, Ph.D.

Promotions

Retirements 

Professor of History James Estey, MAT: Teaching at Bryant for a remarkable five and a half decades, Estey estimates he’s educated 10,000 students since joining the faculty in 1964. Playing a role in Bryant’s evolution from a small business college to a nationally ranked university, he helped build the History Program. To inform courses he created, he says, “I’ve been on a number of trips to many countries in Africa, as well as Japan, China, Russia, and Great Britain.” With Bryant’s expanded global focus, he notes, “now we also learn about the world through personal connections with our students from around the world.” Estey will receive Professor Emeritus status from the University. 

Associate Professor of Sociology Sandra Enos, Ph.D.: Recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Faculty Award, Enos joined Bryant 13 years ago after a distinguished career in public and community service that included work in the prison, child welfare, and public policy sectors. She helped develop Sociology as a major, along with its Service Learning programs and Social Entrepreneurship concentration. “My motivating push as an educator, as always, is to help students identify a problem and its context, and encourage them to – through their own curiosity – ask: where is the gap?”

Professor of Marketing Jane McKay-Nesbitt, Ph.D.L Named Director of Bryant’s Honors Program in August 2017, McKay-Nesbitt joined Bryant's Marketing Program faculty in 2008 after a lengthy career in the financial services industry, most recently as bank manager at RBC Financial Group. Says McKay-Nesbitt, “At Bryant, I've enjoyed my students immensely. Recently a student said to me, ‘I wanted to know how to influence people’s behavior, and I want you to know, Professor McKay-Nesbitt, that you’ve influenced mine.’ I’ve found those kinds of moments so gratifying.” 

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