Theodore Stowell was hired by William W. Warner, owner of the college at that time, as a teacher in 1872. Stowell had earned a distinguished academic reputation from his years at Connecticut State National College at New Britain. Within a few years of his hiring, he became principal. In 1878, he bought the college and charted a new course for Bryant and Stratton Business School. Stowell remained in charge for 30 years and developed Bryant and Stratton into one of Rhode Island's most highly respected schools of quality business programs and integrity of leadership.