Bryan honored for her service on WC Board of Trustees

Posted Tuesday, May. 14, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Fourteen years and countless meetings all led to a celebration of longtime, outgoing WC board member Jean Bryan Thursday.

At her last meeting in official capacity as Place 1 representative, Bryan was recognized by the board. After, a reception was held in her honor.

To list Bryan’s accomplishments over the years would take more time and space than afforded but suffice it to say, there’s a lot of them. Brent Baker, vice president of institutional advancement, listed a half dozen or so in a pseudo “Did you know?” segment.

Bryan has been on the WC board since 1999 and, in that time, she has never missed a meeting. Board chairman Frank Martin noted that was “unheard of.” Baker added that her loyalty to the school began long before her board service.

“She has volunteered and advocated for the college since she and [husband Dr. Noel Bryan] arrived in Weatherford in 1953,” Baker said.

Additionally, Bryan was “instrumental” in starting the Coyote Chase Race and the Parker County Peach Festival, Baker said. She has won several prestigious community awards including Weatherford Volunteer of the Year, Rotarian of the Year, Chamber Ambassador of the Year (four times) and the Hero for Children award from the state of Texas.

To the latter one, Bryan noted with a smile, “That was a nice one,” recalling the ceremony in Austin when she received it. Bryan is also one of the few winners of the WC Foundation’s Carlos Hartnett Award.

Though she won’t officially be seated at the table at future meetings, Bryan was named Board Member Emeritus - another first for her and the college.

At her reception, Bryan was showered with well-wishes and hugs. Surrounded by family, friends and co-workers, Bryan said she was “overwhelmed” by the crowd. She also said, “I’ll still be around doing what I always do.”

Mac Smith, the man who will take over Bryan’s seat on the board, was also in attendance at the celebration.

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