Ronald Keith Machtley
|7th President of Bryant University|
|William E. Truehart|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Rhode Island's 1st district
January 3, 1989 - January 3, 1995
|Fernand St. Germain|
|Patrick J. Kennedy|
|Born||July 13, 1948|
Johnstown, PA, USA
|Residence||Smithfield, RI, USA|
|Alma mater||(B.S.) United States Naval Academy|
(J.D.) Suffolk University Law School
Ronald Keith "Ron" Machtley (born July 13, 1948) is an American politician and president of Bryant University. Machtley served as a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Rhode Island from 1989 to 1995. Since 1996, Machtley has served as president of Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.
Machtley was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and attended public schools. He received a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy in 1970, serving in the United States Navy from 1970 to 1975 and the United States Naval Reserve from 1975 to 1995. Machtley received a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts in 1978 and was admitted to the Rhode Island bar in the same year.
Machtley ran for Congress as a Republican in the 1st District and defeated 28-year incumbent Democrat Fernand St. Germain in a considerable upset. He was reelected two more times and was very popular even as Rhode Island was trending more and more Democratic. In 1992, for instance, he was reelected with a staggering 70 percent of the vote even as Bill Clinton easily carried the state. He was a moderate Republican in the mold of John Chafee.
Machtley gave up his seat to run for Governor of Rhode Island in 1994. He was the heavy favorite in the Republican primary, but was soundly defeated by Lincoln Almond, who went on to victory in November. To date, he is the last Republican elected to the House from Rhode Island.
Machtley was named president of Bryant in 1996 and shepherded it through its transition to university status in 2004. His salary as of 2017 was reported as $719,243, not including an additional $120,726 reported under other compensation from the organization and related organizations. While at Bryant, he has led several major building campaigns. Popular with faculty and students alike, he can be frequently seen at events on campus.
In February 2019 Ron and Katie Machtley made a gift of 1 million dollars to push the Expanding the World of Opportunity campaign over the 100 million dollar mark.
Shortly thereafter, the Providence Business News reported that Machtley was paid $6.2M in 2017 as part of a retention package. It is believed this is one of the largest such payouts in the history of American higher education.
In May 2019 Machtley announced that he will be retiring as President of Bryant University in May 2020.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Fernand J. St. Germain
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 1st congressional district
Patrick J. Kennedy
William E. Truehart (1989-1996)
| President of Bryant University