The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) announced that Joseph M. Bryan Jr. and Robert E. (Bobby) Long Jr. are the 2017 Charles Duncan McIver Award and the Holderness/Weaver Award recipients, respectively. Known as ‘University Honors,’ the McIver and Holderness/Weaver Awards recognize North Carolinians with exemplary public service records, and represent the most prestigious public service honors given by the university. The awards were conferred in a formal ceremony Thursday night at UNCG’s Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.
“UNCG holds the commitment to public service and civic engagement in the highest regard,” said UNCG Provost Dr. Dana Dunn. “Both of our honorees exemplify these qualities and set the standard for selfless service in our community, our state and far beyond our borders. UNCG was founded on the principle of service; these gentlemen are the living embodiment of that legacy.”
The Charles Duncan McIver Award is the highest honor for non-UNCG alumni. Named for the founder of UNCG, the award recognizes extraordinary service at the national or international level. 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.
Bryan has served on the boards of Arts Greensboro, Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art and North Carolina Public Television Foundation and is honorary director of the Eastern Music Festival. He has received numerous awards for arts patronage and is also a benefactor of the Key West Art and Historical Association and major contributor to the Santa Fe Opera House. Bryan’s service to higher education includes membership on the Board of Trustees of Guilford College for more than 40 years, and at UNCG he has served on the Excellence Foundation and Board of Governors for over a decade. In 2005, he received the North Carolina Award in Public Service, the highest civilian honor given by the state.
Named for the first woman on the UNCG Board of Trustees, Adelaide Holderness, and Greensboro businessman and entrepreneur H. Michael Weaver, the Holderness/Weaver Award recognizes extraordinary service at the state and local level. This year’s honoree, Bobby Long, promotes prosperity and growth in the city of Greensboro and surrounding communities through his leadership and generous support of business and industry, athletic programs and facilities, institutions of higher learning and the arts. He is the founding chair of the Piedmont Triad Charitable Foundation Board of Directors, the governing body which runs the Wyndham Golf Tournament, and has long been involved in countless Triad-area public service and economic initiatives that are essential to the region’s enrichment.
Previous recipients of the Holderness/Weaver Award include Shirley Frye, educator and community volunteer; Rev. Mike Aiken, executive director of Greensboro Urban Ministry; Richard Whittington and Preston Lane, co-founders of Triad Stage; Alan W. Cone ’72 MEd; Sally Schindel Cone ’72 MEd; and Dot Kendall Kearns, public education advocate, among others.