Search Committee

Announcements and other information related to Bryant University's presidential search

For further information and questions regarding Bryant University’s presidential search, contact:

Bryant University is grateful to the following individuals for their commitment to Bryant and their willingness to serve as members of the search committee.

Headshot of William ConatyWilliam Conaty spent 40 years with GE before retiring at the end of 2007. As senior vice president for Human Resources from 1993 to 2007, he has long been recognized as a world leader in his field. In 2008 he joined Clayton, Dubilier and Rice as an Advisory Partner.

After graduating from Bryant, a three-year management program at GE, and service in the military, Conaty held management positions in a number of GE operations including aerospace, rail, and aircraft engines. In 1990, he was elected a company officer and became vice president for Human Resources at GE Aircraft Engines. Three years later, he was named Senior Vice President of Corporate Human Resources with responsibility for over 320,000 employees worldwide.

In addition to his service to Bryant, Conaty served as a Trustee at Sacred Heart University, and on the Advisory Board of Cornell University’s Center for Advanced HR Studies. In November 1996, he was inducted as a Fellow to the National Academy of Human Resources, elected Chairman in February 2001, and named Distinguished Fellow, the highest honor, in November 2007. Conaty also served as Chairman of the HR Policy Association from 2001 to 2007. In 2011, he joined the Board of Directors at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and the Board of Trustees of the Dartmouth- Hitchcock Hospital.

Conaty has been a featured guest on CNBC’s Squawk Box. With Ram Charan, he co-authored The Talent Masters … Why Smart Leaders Put People Before Numbers, published by Random House in November 2010.

Headshot of Patricia O'BrienAs the Associate Provost for Budget & Planning in the Office of the Provost at Boston University, Patricia O’Brien works to develop new policies and procedures and helps drive the annual budgeting process. She has served in her current post since 2016.

She joined Boston University in 2007 as the Associate Dean for Administration and Finance at its School of Public Health. In 2014, she moved to the Office of the Provost as the Assistant Provost for Graduate Enrollment Management, leading strategic efforts to achieve and sustain graduate enrollment goals.

A widely respected expert in international business and executive development, she was on the Harvard Business School faculty for more than a decade, and served as Deputy Dean of Harvard College. She previously was Dean of the Simmons College School of Management, and held teaching positions at Babson College and Brandeis University.

O’Brien received her Doctor of Business Administration from Harvard University, an MBA from Simmons, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston College.

Tim BartonAs Founder and Managing Partner of Barton Executive Search (BES), Tim Barton has over 29 years of experience in the executive search industry. Under his leadership, BES has become recognized as one of the industry's preeminent boutique search firms. Barton led or oversaw the strategy and execution of over 1,400 successful search assignments with industry leaders such as Kellogg’s, Jack Links, Church & Dwight, Warner Bros, Kind Snacks, Nintendo, Newman's Own, ServiceMaster, EA and Bridgestone. These clients and many others entrust Barton to deliver strategic guidance on matters such as executive coaching, organizational design, and transformation leadership.

He recently completed an eleven-year term on the Advisory Board for Breakthrough Atlanta, a nonprofit organization with a unique dual mission to increase the academic opportunity for highly motivated, underserved students, putting them on the trajectory for successful college careers, and inspiring and developing the next generation of teachers and educational leaders.

Bob CalabroBob Calabro is a tax partner in the Boston office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.  He has been practicing for over 30 years, the last 19 as a partner. 

Over the course of his career, he has held a number of leadership roles driving strategic initiatives throughout the company's sectors, and has led leading the firm's recruiting efforts in the Northeast for the past 15 years. 

Calabro is a CPA and a member of the AICPA, MSCPA and RISCPA.

Lisa ChurchvilleLisa Churchville spent most of her career in broadcast television with NBC/GE. Her career included sales and marketing positions in New York, Chicago and Providence. A Six Sigma Black Belt, she managed many significant projects including the digital television conversion. She retired from NBC as President and General Manager of WJAR, the leading television station in Providence.

Churchville also served as the Director of College and Retirement Savings for the State of Rhode Island’s Office of the General Treasurer.

In addition to serving as a Bryant Trustee, Churchville serves on the boards of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School. She is an adjunct professor of business at Showa Boston.

Churchville received her Bachelor of Science from Barnard College and her MBA from Harvard Business School.

Didya DasDiya Das is Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Management at Bryant University. She completed her Ph.D. from Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. Her research explores complex identity negotiations under conditions of globalization of work. Learn more about Professor Das here. 

Kirsten HokenessKirsten Hokeness is Professor of Biology and Chair of the Department of Science and Technology at Bryant. She received her bachelor’s degree in General Biology from the University of New Hampshire, and her Ph.D. from Brown University where she studied immunity to viral infections. Learn more about Professor Hokeness here.

Joe Paparell

Joseph Paparelli, ASA, valedictorian of Bryant’s Class of 2017, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. He was also a member of Bryant's D1 baseball team.

Paparelli, a recent Alumni Trustee, is an actuary for Talcott Resolution Life Insurance Company as part of its investment management team. He also worked on Talcott’s hedging and forecasting team. Previously, he worked for The Hartford. (Talcott was purchased from The Hartford in 2018 by a group of private equity investors.)

Christopher RoethleinChristopher Roethlein, Ph.D., is a Professor of Management at Bryant University. Before joining academia, he worked in aerospace and OEM industries for 12 years. He was a Fulbright Scholar in 2006.

Roethlein received his undergraduate degree from Western New England College, an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his doctorate from the University of Rhode Island. Learn more about Professor Roethlein here.

 Ed SantosEdwin J. Santos is Chairman of the Board of Prospect CharterCARE, LLC, a for-profit healthcare joint venture in Rhode Island. It is the corporate parent of Roger Williams Medical Center, Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, and Prospect Medical Holdings, with 579 hospital beds, 3,400 employees and annual revenues of $330 million.

In 2014, he joined the Board of Providence Mutual Fire Insurance Company, one of the oldest mutual insurance companies in the United States; in 2012, he was elected to the Board of Washington Trust Bancorp, the largest independent bank headquartered in R.I.

In addition to his service to Bryant, Santos is Treasurer of the Board of Crossroads, R.I.; a member of the Board of Directors of Delta Dental of R.I.; and Past President of the Board of Rocky Hill School. In 2010, he was elected to the Board of Fidelity Institutional Asset Management, a Fidelity Investments company.

In addition to his role in the community, Santos has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, most recently as Group Executive Vice President and General Auditor for Citizens Financial Group, a $129-billion multi-state bank holding company and one of the nation’s 10 largest banks.  Previously, he was the Chief Auditor for FleetBoston Financial Group’s global operations.  He also served on Fleet’s Leadership Advisory Council, and participated in all major acquisitions, mergers and reengineering efforts.

In 2013, Santos was awarded the American Hospital Association’s Grassroots Champion Award, presented annually to one individual per state, for exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community activity in support of a hospital’s mission. In 2008, he received the R.I. Black Heritage Society Award for Labor and Enterprise.

Peg Van BreeMargaret M. Van Bree is president of Rhode Island Hospital and its pediatric division, Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She also has responsibility for psychiatry and behavioral health services, including Gateway Healthcare, a community mental health organization.

Before joining Rhode Island Hospital in January 2015, Van Bree was senior vice president and chief executive officer for St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas. She previously served as chief operating officer at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, the University of Virginia Health System, the University of Minnesota Medical Center and the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

Van Bree is Professor of the Practice at Brown University School of Public Health, and has taught at several universities, including the University of Minnesota, the University of Virginia, the University of Cincinnati, and Tulane University.

She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of the Standards Committee of the Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education, and, in addition to serving on Bryant's Board of Trustees, is on the boards of Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, the University of Minnesota MHA Alumni Association/Foundation, and Crossroads Rhode Island.

She earned a doctor of public health in health systems management from Tulane University, a master's in health care administration from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor of science in community health education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

In 2017, Van Bree was named the Career Achievement winner in the 2017 Providence Business News Business Women Awards program.

David WeinsteinDavid C. Weinstein is the founder and CEO of Write the World, a global online writing community for teenagers, which he developed as a Senior Fellow at the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University.

His passion for education has led to service as a trustee of Boston College, Bryant University, Belmont Hill School, Fessenden School, Harvard Hillel, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Association.

During his 25-year career, Weinstein was a senior executive and corporate lawyer at Fidelity Investments, where he managed the human resources, legal, real estate, compliance, security, audit, and accounting functions.

Weinstein is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He is a graduate of Boston College Law School and Boston University. 

Rita Williams-Bogar

Award-winning facilitator Rita Williams-Bogar, MBA, CPCU, ChFC, is founder of Personal Development Solutions, LLC. Her mission is to share proven strategies in the areas of leadership development, team building, emotional intelligence, and diversity to better leverage individuals’ talents and skills to reach their full potential.

In 2015, Williams-Bogar received an Alumni Achievement Award from Bryant University. She also has been recognized by New Jersey Monthly as one of the state's leading businesswomen (finalist, 2013 Leading Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners); by NJBIZ as one of New Jersey's Best 50 Women in Business (2011), and by the U.S. Small Business Association as Minority Small Business Champion of the Year (2011 in NJ and Region II). She is a contributing author to the book Big Bold Business Advice.

In addition to her service on Bryant's Board of Trustees, Williams-Bogar is the current president of the University's National Alumni Council.

She earned her Associate and Bachelor degrees from Bryant, and an MBA in Finance and Risk Management with Honors from Walden University. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in Management with a concentration in Leadership and Organizational Change.

Headshot of Tim PaigeAs Bryant University's Vice President for Human Resources, Tim Paige is responsible for overseeing all aspects of human resources, including all workforce planning, talent acquisition, learning and development, employee and labor relations, and total rewards initiatives.

Previously, he spent 19 years as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Libbey Inc., a global leader in the business of tabletop glassware and related products, with 6,500 employees in the United States, Mexico, China, Portugal and the Netherlands. For several years, he also had global responsibility for information technology, environmental health and safety, and sustainability.

Before joining Libbey, he worked for Frito-Lay, Inc., a division of PepsiCo, and with LTV Steel.

Paige's community service work includes The Sierra Institute, where he is a senior fellow, and serving on the Board of Trustees of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.

Paige received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College.