Ronald Keith "Ron" Machtley (born July 13, 1948) is an American politician and president of Bryant University. Machtley served as a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Rhode Island from 1989 to 1995. Since 1996, Machtley has served as president of Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.
Machtley was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and attended public schools. He received a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy in 1970, serving in the United States Navy from 1970 to 1975 and the United States Naval Reserve from 1975 to 1995. Machtley received a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts in 1978 and was admitted to the Rhode Island bar in the same year.
Machtley ran for Congress as a Republican in the 1st District and defeated 28-year incumbent Democrat Fernand St. Germain in a considerable upset. He was reelected two more times and was very popular even as Rhode Island was trending more and more Democratic. In 1992, for instance, he was reelected with a staggering 70 percent of the vote even as Bill Clinton easily carried the state. He was a moderate Republican in the mold of John Chafee.
Machtley gave up his seat to run for Governor of Rhode Island in 1994. He was the heavy favorite in the Republican primary, but was soundly defeated by Lincoln Almond, who went on to victory in November. To date, he is the last Republican elected to the House from Rhode Island.
Machtley was named president of Bryant in 1996 and shepherded it through its transition to university status in 2004. His salary as of 2012 was listed at $737,262. While at Bryant, he has led several major building campaigns. Popular with faculty and students alike, he can be frequently seen at events on campus.
Machtley, an avid golfer, is a member of Newport Country Club, and is a Rhode Island Commodore.