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Virginia secretary of natural resources to speak at Longwood convocation

August 15, 2008

Preston Bryant

L. Preston Bryant Jr., Virginia secretary of natural resources, will speak at Longwood University’s convocation Thursday, Sept. 11, at 4 p.m. in Jarman Auditorium.

Bryant, who will address the Commonwealth’s commitment to sustainability, is Gov. Tim Kaine’s principal environmental adviser and oversees 2,300 employees and a budget of $430 million. His responsibilities include oversight of all state programs regulating air, water, land conservation, state parks, historic preservation, wildlife management and marine resources.

Prior to joining the governor’s cabinet in January 2006, Bryant served for 10 years in the Virginia House of Delegates, where he sponsored legislation to help preserve more than one million acres of nontidal wetlands, streamline the state’s stormwater management programs, and create a nutrient credit trading program to advance upgrades to more than 100 wastewater treatment facilities that discharge into Virginia waters. He represented Lynchburg and Amherst County in the state legislature.

Bryant also was a partner in a Virginia-based engineering, surveying and planning firm that specialized in the design of large-scale residential, commercial and industrial developments as well as transportation facilities.

A Lynchburg native who served for two years on the Lynchburg city council, Bryant is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College and has master’s degrees from the University of Richmond and the University of London.

Bryant’s appearance is part of Longwood’s environmental sustainability initiative, announced by President Patricia Cormier in February 2006 with the formation of a campus-wide committee to coordinate the effort for a greener campus. Sustainability will be the university’s academic theme for the next two years, beginning with the 2008-09 academic year. Information about the sustainability initiative is available at longwood.edu/greencampus.