The National Alumni Council has elected a new slate of officers for the 2019-2021 term.
Incoming President Rita Williams-Bogar ’76, who also serves on Bryant’s Board of Trustees, has a longstanding history of service to the University. She is President & CEO of Personal Development Solutions, LLC., and is a dynamic speaker and expert facilitator. She provides consultative services to businesses and individuals in the areas of leadership development, emotional intelligence, ethics, diversity, and insurance education. Williams-Bogar has been recognized by NJBIZ as one of New Jersey’s 2011 Best 50 Women in Business and by the U.S. SBA as the 2011 Region II Minority Small Business Champion of the Year. She is a contributing author to the 2012 book “Big Bold Business Advice.” The Alumni Association awarded Williams-Bogar its Gulski Service Award in 2015. She has also been a frequent contributor to the Alumni webinar series on topics related to communications, business ethics, and leading high performing teams.
Incoming Vice President for Membership Marissa Crean ’81 is the Program Lead for The Hartford's Early Career Leadership Development Program - Finance Track, and specializes in working with early and mid-career professionals in career management, fine tuning leadership skills and successfully leading teams. In addition to participating on the National Alumni Council, she has helped build Bryant's strong alumni pipeline at The Hartford through internships and job placements, has judged at Bryant's IDEA program and has also participated in the Alumni Association's webinar series as a presenter and moderator.
“I look forward to working with my fellow alumni to make sure we are collectively leading the way in shaping that bright future for tomorrow’s students and continuing to add value for Bryant alumni.”
Incoming Vice President for Alumni Networks Sam Broomer ’93 is EVP & Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer of Berkley Re Solutions & Berkley Program Specialists, part of W.R. Berkley, where he helps guide the company’s management and leadership programs. Broomer is an industry-recognized Cyber Liability expert and has helped to shape the United States Department of the Treasury perspective on this evolving concern. In addition to being a member of the National Alumni Council and a judge for the IDEA Program, he is a board member at The University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business, the Channel 3 Kids Camp and the Newtown, Conn. Pension Committee.
“I’m very excited about the next several years at Bryant,” says Williams-Bogar, who, as a Trustee, will participate in the search for a new University President to succeed Ron Machtley after his retirement in 2020. “Bryant has come so far in the last 20 years, and on the heels of a wildly successful capital campaign, is poised to do even greater things in the future,” she says. “I look forward to working with my fellow alumni to make sure we are collectively leading the way in shaping that bright future for tomorrow’s students and continuing to add value for Bryant alumni.”