Campaign celebrations unite Bryant community throughout Homecoming@Reunion
Sep 30, 2019

As Bryant’s hugely successful capital campaign, Expanding the World of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Future, heads into its final quarter, $106 million has already been raised – nearly triple the goal of Bryant’s previous campaign and topping both the initial target of $75 million and the stretch goal of $100 million set for the current campaign.

A million reasons to celebrate big

Hundreds of Bryant alumni and friends gathered during the University’s annual Reunion weekend, held September 27-28. Friday’s activities included campus tours highlighting the transformational impact of the campaign’s record philanthropy, an alumni welcome reception, and more. Members of the capital campaign’s top giving societies, with distinguished leadership from campaign co-chairs William P. Conaty ’67, Chair of the Bryant University Board of Trustees, and Michael E. Fisher ’67, past chair of the board, were feted at a gala celebration held at Rosecliff mansion in Newport, RI, on Friday evening.

"When we launched this Capital Campaign just five years ago this Reunion weekend,” he said, “we had some remarkable goals. And frankly, we have nailed them all."

The festivities continued on Saturday beginning with a celebratory "Pancakes, Professors, and Prosecco" breakfast. At the David M. ’85 and Terry Beirne Stadium Complex, fans cheered the Bryant Bulldogs in a battle against the Saint Francis Red Flash. The day ended with a champagne toast and spectacular evening of music performed by five-time Grammy Award-nominated Roomful of Blues in the Chace Wellness and Athletic Center.

President Ronald K. Machtley, in his 24th and final year of visionary Bryant leadership, noted, “The generous support of more than 24,000 alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends has made Expanding the World of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Future the most transformational philanthropic effort in Bryant’s history.”

“When we launched this Capital Campaign just five years ago this Reunion weekend,” he said, “we had some remarkable goals. And frankly, we have nailed them all.”

In the history of our nation’s greatest universities, there are defining moments – when key accomplishments and strategic innovations reached critical mass, combining to create a catalyst that redefined the future and set a new pace for others to follow. For Bryant University, that moment is now. Our capital campaign, set to conclude on December 31, 2019, will ensure that this institution thrives long into the future. Ensure that you are a part of this legacy by making a gift now, even if you may have already participated. Visit bryant.edu/giving or call 877-353-5667 today.

Goal One: Increase access to a Bryant education

  • Campaign gifts have generated more than 100 new endowed and annual scholarships that are helping Bryant attract the largest and most highly qualified applicant pools in our history.

Goal Two: Build on teaching excellence

  • Historic levels of philanthropy for people and programs have provided funding to enhance Bryant’s commitment to academic excellence, with resources for initiatives including creation of the John '01H and Jeanne Rowe Professor of Data Science.

Goal Three: Open the door to a world of opportunity

  • Contributions to Bryant’s campaign have enriched programs that cultivate an international mindset and global perspective, one of the cornerstones of the exceptional Bryant education.

Goal Four: Create a campus for success

  • Gifts to Bryant’s campaign have redefined the student experience, creating vibrant spaces including the Quinlan/Brown Academic Innovation Center, Conaty Park and the William P. ’67 and Sue Conaty Indoor Athletic Center, the Michael E. ’67 and Karen Fisher Student Center, the Physician Assistant Learning Center, and the award-winning Bulldog Strength and Conditioning Center within Beirne Stadium Complex.
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