BOLTON LANDING - J. Buckley Bryan, Jr., a resident of Bolton Landing and president of the Adirondack Community College Foundation Board of Directors, has been named 2008 Benefactor of the Year for Region II of the Council for Resource Development (CRD), an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges.
Bryan was honored at the Council's annual dinner Nov.7 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Bryan was recognized for his contribution to ACC and his donation of $1.5 million toward the construction of the College's Regional Higher Education Center, which has been named in his honor.
The Council praised Bryan for "...his early appreciation of his community college and his continued support of higher education." The ceremony began with a video presentation about Bryan's philanthropy at ACC, after which he addressed the attendees and was presented with a commemorative vase.
Among the ACC representatives accompanying Bryan at the awards were ACC president Ronald C. Heacock, Ph.D., ACC trustee Alan Redeker and ACC Foundation board member Ron Stewart.
Bryan, who earned associate degrees from ACC in 1987 and 1994, was already a successful real estate entrepreneur and stock market investor when he returned to ACC in 1984 at age 45. He is currently a Business Division adjunct faculty member.
Bryan was one of 10 benefactors honored by CRD in each of its 10 regions covering the United States, Canada and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Region II covers New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
According to its Web site, CRD "connects, educates, supports, strengthens and celebrates community college development professionals" and serves over 1,600 members at more than 700 institutions.