June 23, 2015 — Marion, Ohio — The Marion Technical College (MTC) Board of Trustees celebrated the service of retiring president Dr. J. Richard Bryson with a special honor.
“Dr. J. Richard Bryson demonstrated extraordinary dedication and leadership over 43 years,” said Rex Parrott, Chairman of the MTC Board of Trustees. “Therefore, the Board unanimously agreed to name the Technical Education Center in his honor.”
In addition, a number of proclamations in Dr. Bryson’s honor were read from Governor John Kasich, the Ohio House of Representatives, Mayor Scott Schertzer and the Marion County Commissioners.
“I’m proud to have served Marion and the surrounding counties for so many years. I’ve always been impressed by the passion, dedication, and hard work of our staff, students, and graduates,” said Dr. Bryson. “I’m touched by the honor and look forward to seeing MTC continue to put students on the path to better lives.”
Dr. Bryson is planning to enjoy his other passions in retirement: travel, sailing, and of course, spoiling his seven grandchildren.
Dr. Bryson helped serve MTC from the very start in 1972. He became president in 1973. He was instrumental in getting the Technical Education Center built in the 1970s as well as the Health Technical Center which opened in 2012.
Over his many years, Dr. Bryson has touched the lives of 40,000 MTC graduates receiving associate’s degrees or professional certifications. These degrees have helped graduates receive an astounding 90% success rate of finding jobs in their field of study. In the most recent graduate survey, 96% would recommend MTC to others and 94% stay here in the Marion community.
MTC serves more than 2500 students annually, helping them earn marketable degrees and a quality education at a convenient location at an affordable price.
Dr. Bryson’s era comes to a close on June 30. Interim President Dr. John Erwin will serve MTC through December 2015. The Pauly Group is assisting the Board of Trustees with the presidential search which opens in August. For more information, visit www.mtc.edu.