Bentley Appoints New President

Published by Chris Wangler- March 22, 2021.

Bentley University has named Brent Chrite as its next president.
Bentley’s board of trustees voted unanimously to appoint Dr. E. LaBrent Chrite as the university’s ninth president, according to a news release. His hiring follows a nationwide search with input from various Bentley stakeholders.
“Brent Chrite shares our vision and passion for educating ethical leaders who make business a force for positive change,” said a spokesperson for the Bentley trustees.
Chrite has more than 25 years of leadership experience in higher education.
Currently he is the president of the historically Black Bethune-Cookman University in Florida and he was previously the dean of the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business.
The Bentley release said Chrite has wide experience boosting enrollment, expanding economic opportunities across the country and around the world and strengthening leadership.
“I believe the beauty of business lies in its ability to create solutions to human problems,” Chrite said.
A Detroit native, Dr. Chrite holds a Ph.D. in education and management from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in healthcare administration with an emphasis on finance from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
The Bentley release said he will be the first Black president in the university’s 104 year history. Brent and his wife Phyllis will join the Bentley University community on June 1.
Bentley’s last president, Dr. Alison Davis-Blake, resigned abruptly in June 2020 after less than two years on the job, citing personal reasons.
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