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Introducing President Glenn M. Sulmasy

Glenn M. Sulmasy, JD, LL.M, an acclaimed international law and national security expert with experience in academics, law, and government service, has been named the eighth president of Nichols College. The entire Nichols community is grateful to the hard work of the Search Committee, and to President Susan West Engelkemeyer, Ph.D., for her incredible tenure at the helm of our home on the hill.


President-elect Glenn Sulmasy currently serves as the provost and chief academic officer of Bryant University, where he is responsible for managing the undergraduate and graduate academic programs, curriculum, and chairing the Academic Review Board. He oversees more than 1,100 faculty and staff members, along with an operating budget of $144 million. 

He has been a law professor at the U.S. Naval War College and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he led the Department of Humanities, and a lecturer at the UConn School of Law, Roger Williams Law School, UC Berkley School of Law, and Harvard University. He is a visiting fellow at George Mason University School of Law.   

Sulmasy is widely published on national security matters and the author of "The National Security Court System – A Natural Evolution of Justice in an Age of Terror." He has served as a subject matter expert/commentator for the Los Angeles Times, CBS News Radio, National Public Radio, CNN International, US News & World Report, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Al-Jazeera America, MSNBC, Fox News, and numerous other national media outlets.  

Sulmasy was educated at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the University of Baltimore School of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law, and the Harvard Kennedy School.  

He and his wife Marla have seven children. 


President Sulmasy will officially begin his tenure at Nichols College on July 1, 2021, and will be aided by the Presidential Transition Committee chaired by Trustee David G. Bedard '86.

Media Inquiries

Please see our official Press Release for additional details on this exciting announcement, or contact:

Susan Veshi
AVP, Advancement and College Communications 

Jillian Riches
Asst. Director, Public Engagement

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