A member of Guilford’s Board of Trustees for 41 years and board chair for the past 10, Joseph M. Bryan Jr. ’60 has been named the first chair emeritus in the College’s history.
The Board of Trustees invested Joe with the honorary title at its meeting on May 31. He plans to retire from the board at the end of June.
“Guilford College has no more loyal alumnus and no greater advocate than Joe Bryan,” said fellow trustee Ed Winslow, who will succeed Bryan as board chair.
“For four decades, he has worked to support the College, its teachers, students and graduates. He believes in rigorous liberal arts education and he has led the way in his support for Guilford College and higher education in North Carolina generally,”
In recent years, Joe led the steering committee for the $60 million Advancing Excellence campaign, which reached its goal in November. His service also includes membership on the Board of Visitors; the Alumni Association Board; and the cabinets for the Our Time in History, QUEST and Loyalty Fund campaigns. Guilford presented him with its Distinguished Service Award in 1981.
Joe has consistently supported the College and the greater community in Guilford’s most important initiatives and advances. Notably, this includes his leadership and support in establishing the Bryan Series, a highly regarded speaker series that bears his name and, for more than a decade, has brought to Guilford and Greensboro distinguished speakers from around the world in arts, humanities and public affairs.