Bryan gives $1.5 million to Guilford

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro philanthropist Joseph M. Bryan Jr. has given $1.5 million to Guilford College to boost an endowment or a lecture series he established with a $1 million gift in 1994.

With the new gift, which increases the endowment to $3.5 million, Bryan has given a total of $9 million to Guilford in his lifetime.

The gift by Bryan, who chairs the school’s board of trustees, also increases to $2.8 million his commitment to Guilford’s ongoing $60 million campaign to support endowment facilities and annual operating expenses.

The campaign has raised over $45 million.

Speakers at the Bryan Series have included Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, Desmond Tutu, Sidney Poitier, Toni Morrison and, last month, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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