June 1, 2017

Trustee Chair Emeritus Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Receives Prestigious Award


Joseph M. Bryan Jr. ’60, Guilford College’s trustee chair emeritus and a major benefactor, received the prestigious Charles Duncan McIver Award from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro on May 25.

The Charles Duncan McIver Award is the highest honor UNCG presents to non-alumni. Named for the founder of the university, the award recognizes extraordinary service at the national or international level.

In announcing the award, the university stated, “This year’s winner, Joseph M. Bryan Jr., has enriched communities across our state and nation for more than five decades through his generosity to the arts, higher education and a better quality of life for all citizens.”

In addition to serving as a Guilford College trustee for more than 40 years and chair for 10 years, Joe has served on the boards for the UNC System, UNCG, Arts Greensboro, Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art, the North Carolina Public Television Foundation and the Eastern Music Festival.

Joe established Guilford College’s major lecture series, the Bryan Series, with an endowed gift in 1994 and has provided vision and additional financial support to sustain a series that is recognized nationally.

Over the years, he has received numerous awards including Guilford College’s Distinguished Service Award. In 2005, he received the North Carolina Award in Public Service, the highest civilian honor given by the state.

At its Honors Ceremony on May 25, UNCG also presented business leader Robert E. (Bobby) Long Jr. with the Holderness/Weaver Award for exemplary public service