Interfaith center is named in honor of President Machtley and wife, Kati

October 8th, 2010

"Naming a building for a sitting president and his wife is not a traditional step for a university to take. ... Our Board, however, was unanimous in wanting to recognize Ron and Kati's distinguished service at this time." — Thomas A. Taylor '63

"This dedication recognizes nearly 15 years of leadership and the Board's anticipation of [the Machtleys'] continued service." — Michael E. Fisher '67

Machtley Interfaith Center

President Ronald K. Machtley, center left, says a few words that draw smiles at the dedication ceremony held Oct. 8. Standing to his left is Kati Machtley. Seated from left are Rabbi Navah Levine, the Rev. Philip Devens, Board Chairman Michael E. Fisher '67 (partially obscured), and Trustee Thomas A. Taylor '63.

SMITHFIELD, R.I.  - The Bryant University Board of Trustees today honored President Ronald K. Machtley and his wife, Kati, by dedicating Bryant's award-winning Interfaith Center in their names. (Watch a webcast of the event.)

"Naming a building for a sitting president and his wife is not a traditional step for a university to take," said Thomas A. Taylor '63, former chairman of Bryant's Board of Trustees and currently an active honorary trustee. "All too often universities wait until after a president has departed. Our Board, however, was unanimous in wanting to recognize Ron and Kati's distinguished service at this time. They have accomplished so much in advancing Bryant during their 14 years of leadership, and we felt that naming Bryant's stunning Interfaith Center in their honor was especially in keeping with their faith and character."

"Placing Ron and Kati Machtley's names on the Interfaith Center, a landmark nondenominational spiritual facility, serves as an enduring tribute to the pivotal contributions they have made to Bryant," said Michael E. Fisher '67, chairman of the University's Board of Trustees. "Their guidance dramatically transformed the Bryant campus with the addition of the George E. Bello Center for Information and Technology, the Elizabeth and Malcolm Chace Wellness and Athletic Center, and the Interfaith Center - an arc of buildings that symbolize the education of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit. This dedication recognizes nearly 15 years of leadership and the Board's anticipation of their continued service."

Designed by the internationally-renown architectural firm Gwathmey Siegal & Associates, which also designed the Bello Center, the 10,000-square-foot Ronald K. and Kati C. Machtley Interfaith Center provides the University and its visitors a place of worship, reflection and gathering.

About the Ronald K. and Kati C. Machtley Interfaith Center

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