Marietta College Cabinet
Dept: Office of the President
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, Augustana College Thesis parts appointee, Argonne National Laboratory Ph.D. organometallic chemistry Northwestern University Postdoctoral Fellow Indiana University
Year appointed: 2012
President Dr. Joseph W. Bruno, a native of Chicago, became Marietta College's 18th president on July 1, 2012, after 28 years in faculty and administrative roles at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.
On Nov. 10, 2015, President Bruno announced his resignation. His final day will be May 31, 2016.
Dr. Bruno joined the Wesleyan faculty in 1984 and served in different leadership roles, including the Chair of the Chemistry Department, Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, President of the university's Gamma of Connecticut chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. He also served as Faculty Chair of the Tenure and Promotion Committee, led ongoing strategic planning for the university and, with the Chief Financial Officer, was an advisor to the Wesleyan's President on all budgetary matters.
While at Wesleyan, he taught introductory chemistry, organic chemistry, advanced electives in inorganic and organometallic chemistry, and several levels of laboratory courses. He also developed an organometallic chemistry research program and authored about 60 publications and patents, most of which were coauthored with students he mentored in his lab.
Dr. Bruno received his undergraduate education from the small, liberal arts college, Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He continued his education at Northwestern University, where he earned the PhD in Chemistry in 1983 while also holding a thesis parts appointment at Argonne National Laboratory in 1982. He also served as a postdoctoral researcher at Indiana University prior to joining the faculty at Wesleyan University.
Dr. Bruno is married to Diane, a former human resources professional. They have an adult daughter, Lisa, a 2009 graduate of Mount Holyoke College.
Dr. Bruno is a board member at The Betsey Mills Club.
Dr. Bruno's inauguration took place Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, during Homecoming weekend.
Janet L. Bland
Title: Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Phone: (740) 376-4741
Education: Ph.D. in Creative Writing, University of Denver, 2001; Master of Arts in English/Creative Writing, Temple University, 1994; Bachelor of Arts in English with a Writing Emphasis, University of Washington, 1987.
Research Interests: Creative Writing, Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Fiction, (Post Modernist, Women’s, Non-western), Narratology, Post-structuralism, and Cultural Studies
Recent Publications: Selected publications include a writing textbook The Civil Mind (Thomson/Wadsworth, 2006); a short story collection, A Fish Full of River (Ghost Road Press, 2006); and "The Possum: Teaching Creativity" (Teachers and Writers, 2012)
Courses (Fall 2014): Representations of Technology in Film and Literature and Self-Expression: Reading and Writing Memoir
Courses (Spring 2015): Introduction to Creative Writing and College Composition
What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?
A lot of writing, and reading, and an engaged exploration of the creative process.
What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?
I really enjoy the process of insightful discover that we explore together, as students begin to think of themselves as creative people.
When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?
I enjoy travel, spending time with family, going to movies, all sorts of music, and I am quite a bad guitar player.
Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?
I want to read good fiction — with engaging characters and a compelling narrative voice. I don’t really care if this sort of writing arrives in paperback, hardback, on my Kindle, or on my iPad — I read all forms.
What is your favorite location on campus and why? I really like the lower level of the library, just outside of Special Collections. It’s peaceful and there are comfy chairs.
What is your favorite Marietta College event?
A native of Seattle, Dr. Bland joined the Marietta College faculty in 2005, after serving as
the Director of First Year English at the University of Denver. At Marietta she helped
develop the Creative Writing Concentration in the English Department and taught for
many years in the Honors program. After serving as a McCoy Associate Professor,
Division Coordinator for Arts and Humanities, and Associate Dean for Accreditation, she
was appointed Provost and Dean of the Faculty in July 2015.
Dr. Bland's research interests include Creative Writing, Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Fiction, (Post Modernist, Women’s, Non-western), Narratology, Poststructuralism, and Cultural Studies. An award winning teacher and writer, her publications include a writing and civic engagement textbook; a short story collection; and other short stories and essays on topics including creativity, the first year experience, and campus engagement in accreditation.
Dr. Bland and her partner Elinor have two adult sons, Mike and Jeff.
Vice President for Administration and Finance
Degrees: Master of General Administration (University of Maryland) 1984, Bachelor of Science (Juniata College), 1972
Year appointed: 2001
Mr. Bryant has worked in higher education since 1974, serving in chief financial officer capacities since 1985. Mr. Bryant completed doctoral work in higher education administration at the University of Missouri-Kansas City between 1985 and 1989.
Mr. Bryant began his career at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., in various positions leading to Director of Business and Operations Services. From 1985-89, he served as Business Manager and Treasurer at Rockhurst College (Kansas City, Mo.). Mr. Bryant then moved to Southwestern University (Georgetown, Texas) where he served as Vice President for Fiscal Affairs from 1989-96.
In 1996, he returned to Washington, D.C., as Associate Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs at Georgetown University Law Center. In 2000, Bryant traveled abroad to the Higher College of Technology in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, as the Director of Finance and Administration. He returned to the United States in 2001 and assumed his current role as Vice President for Administration and Finance at Marietta College.
Mr. Bryant and his wife, Evy, are commercial-rated pilots and avid Pittsburgh Pirates fans.
Vice President for Student Life
Dept: Marietta College Cabinet
Office: 114 Andrews Hall
Degrees: Ph.D. in Spanish linguistics (The Ohio State University), M.A. in Spanish linguistics (The Ohio State University), B.S. in biological sciences (The Ohio State University)
Year appointed: 1998
Dr. Danford was born and raised in southeastern Ohio and studied abroad in Toledo, Spain. He later directed study abroad programs for Ohio State in Cuernavaca, Mexico and Toledo, Spain, and spent two years teaching English in Madrid. Before joining the faculty at Marietta College, he taught Spanish at Montclair State University (NJ) and Ohio University. During his time as a faculty member at Marietta College, he led short-term study abroad programs to Spain and Brazil and also served as director and academic advisor of study abroad. He became a tenured associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese in the Department of Modern Languages in 2007 and was appointed vice-president of diversity and inclusion in 2011.
His publications address histories of cultures in contact. These include co-edited translations, along with critical annotations, of a 17th century history of Jesuit missions in northern New Spain (now Mexico and the southwestern United States), as well as a 16th century catalog of cultural differences between Europeans and the Japanese written by a Jesuit missionary from Portugal who was one of the first Europeans to live for an extended period of time in Japan. He also co-edited a translation of a recent book-length study of the positions taken on slavery by Protestant missionaries from the southern United States who migrated to Brazil following the Civil War.
Director of Athletics
Degrees: Master of Science in Physical Education/Athletic Administration (Springfield College), Bachelor of Arts in English (Ohio Northern)
Year appointed: 2008
Mr. Hiser joined Marietta College in March of 2008. He directs all functions related to intercollegiate athletics, oversees an NCAA Division III athletics program with 18 varsity sports (nine for both men and women) and the College’s recreation center.
Prior to joining Marietta, Mr. Hiser was the Director of Athletics and Head Baseball Coach at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., from 1995-2008. He played a critical role in transforming Endicott College from a two-year, women's college to a selective, co-educational four-year college. Under his watch the Gulls won 37 conference championships and participated in 47 NCAA or ECAC tournaments. Endicott also successfully launched new programs for equestrian, lacrosse and football, while improving the facilities that now rank among the finest in New England.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Ohio Northern University in 1987, where he was an all-conference shortstop on the Polar Bears baseball team. He went on to earn a Master of Science in Physical Education/Athletic Administration from Springfield College in Massachusetts, where he was a graduate assistant. He joined Endicott College in the fall of 1994 as the Gulls first baseball coach.
The Oregon, Ohio, native is married to the former Susan Chick. The couple has two children, Dan and Allison.
Vice President for Advancement
Office: Irvine 305
Degrees: Master of Business Administration, Ohio University, 1992; Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management, Ohio University, 1987
Year appointed: 2007, 2014 (current position)
Mrs. Anderson, who has almost 20 years of experience in the academic world in addition to 10 years of experience in corporate human resources, joined Marietta College in July 2007 as a major gifts officer. She has held various roles in the Development division of Advancement managing major and annual giving, and Advancement Services including donor relations, events and stewardship. She was appointed Interim Vice President in August 2014.
Prior to joining Marietta College, Mrs. Anderson was the assistant dean of career resources and director of corporate leadership fellow program at Ohio University’s College of Business. During her time at Ohio, she revived the College of Business Internship Program and increased student participation in the program by more than 400 percent. She also originated the College of Business Internship Fair, hosting between 25 and 45 companies and hundreds of students over the years. In addition to the fair, she coordinated alumni events in various cities, including Columbus, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and New York City.
Mrs. Anderson also served as an instructor of human resource management and professional communications at Ohio University. She instructed juniors and seniors on relevant human resource topics, such as Equal Employment Opportunity, affirmative action, labor relations and union history.
Mrs. Anderson and her husband, Jeffrey, reside in Athens, Ohio, with their two children, Reed and Hannah.
Vice President for Enrollment Services
Dept: Marietta College Cabinet
Degrees: Education Specialist, Arkansas State (2012); Master of Arts in Education, Marietta (2002); Bachelor of Science in Human Services, Martin Methodist (1998).
Year appointed: 2014
Mr. Patterson, a native of Corinth, Miss., joined Marietta College on Aug. 1, 2014. He directs the offices of Admission and Student Financial Services.
Prior to joining Marietta College, Mr. Patterson was the Director of Admissions & Enrollment Services at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Ark. In this role, he coordinated the recruitment and admission efforts for undergraduate students. He was promoted to this position just one year after being named the Director of Undergraduate Admissions.
Mr. Patterson has also worked at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Christian Brothers University — both in Memphis. Earlier in his career, Mr. Patterson was an assistant basketball coach at Marietta College. He also served as an assistant coach at Tusculum College in Greenville, Tenn.
He spent his first two years of college playing basketball at Northeast Mississippi Community College, where he played in the Junior College National Tournament. He transferred to NAIA Division I Martin Methodist.
Mr. Patterson and his wife, Jenny, live in Marietta with their children — Olivia, 10, and Braylon, 5.