Rob Bryan, of Charlotte, NC, was appointed by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2017 to serve on the University of North Carolina System Board of Governors. His term will end in 2021.
Bryan serves as the vice chair of the Committee on Educational Planning, Policies, and Programs, as a secretary of the Committee on Strategic Initiatives, and as a member of the Committee on Laboratory Schools.
In 2016, he became the Chief Development Officer for Cardinal Innovations Healthcare. He manages the organization's real estate holdings, purchasing, mobility strategies, and government relations. Prior to joining Cardinal, Bryan practiced law for 18 years. Most recently, he worked at the law firm of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, and Rice for over 10 years as a partner in the commercial real estate group.
At Womble, he worked on a broad range of commercial and residential development projects. His prior legal experience also includes merger and acquisition work and general corporate and commercial matters.
Bryan is proud of his deep ties to education and the experiences that have helped shaped his service to this state. His mother and sister were both teachers and, prior to attending law school, he taught for two years with Teach for America.
Bryan is no stranger to public service. He was as a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 88 in Charlotte, for two terms from 2013-16. During his tenure, he chaired the Education Appropriations Committee, the Judiciary IV Committee, and the Joint Education Oversight Committee, as well as a number of House Select committees. He also served on the General Statutes Commission and continues to serve on the North Carolina Courts Commission. While in the legislature, he was selected as an Emerging Leader and attended the Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Administration. He also participated in the Global Leaders to India study program.
Among his notable contributions to the community, Bryan has also served on the University Of North Carolina Chapel Hill Board of Visitors, Johnson YMCA Board of Managers, and was the chairman of the Mecklenburg County Republican Party.
A native of Raleigh, he is a firm supporter of free speech and civil discourse. He hopes that the UNC System continues to foster a campus environment where people are able to understand one another's perspective, while also promoting North Carolina as a diverse state where students can participate and thrive through healthy dialogue.
Bryan is a recipient of distinguished Order of the Long Leaf Pine award and the YMCA Mission Forward, Legislator of the Year. He has received the Business Leader Magazine "Mover and Shaker" Award, the North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star, and the Charlotte Business Journal "40 Under 40."
Bryan received his bachelor's degree with distinction from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a juris doctorate with honors from Duke University School of Law. He and his wife live in Charlotte with their six children.
His advice for today's student:
"It's important to think about and explore, both inside and outside of the classroom, the really big questions in life: 'What's your view of the world? Why are you here? What do you love to learn about and what are your gifts? How can you use them to benefit society and serve others?' I would encourage students to pursue a vocation that has meaning for them and allows them to exercise their strengths."
- Vice Chair, Committee on Educational Planning, Policies, and Programs
- Secretary, Committee on Strategic Initiatives
- Subcommittee on Laboratory Schools