The Hon. L. Preston Bryant Jr. '86
The Honorable L. Preston Bryant Jr. ’86, Secretary of Natural Resources for the
Commonwealth of Virginia, has been appointed by President Obama as chair of the
National Capital Planning Commission. The White House announced the appointment
in a September 10, 2009 press release.
“I join the R-MC community in congratulating Secretary Bryant on this distinguished
appointment,” said Randolph-Macon College President Robert R. Lindgren. “His vast
experience with issues involving natural resources, coupled with his unflagging
commitment to environmental sustainability, eminently qualify him to serve in this
The NCPC is the central planning agency for all federal lands and buildings in Washington,
DC, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia. The commission conducts environmental
studies, oversees stewardships for historic buildings, conserves open space and
parks, and plans all new buildings, memorials, museums and monuments on federal
lands in the national capital area.
Bryant has served in the cabinet of Governor Timothy M. Kaine since 2006. As secretary,
Bryant oversees all state environmental, historical and wildlife agencies. He also
leads Kaine’s sustainability efforts and chaired the Governor’s year-long commission
on climate change. Since 2007, Bryant has served as chairman of the Fort Monroe
Federal Area Development Authority. From 1996-2006, he was an elected member of
the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the City of Lynchburg and Amherst
Gov. Kaine lauded Bryant’s appointment in a press release, saying "Secretary Bryant's
work in my administration and his private-sector experience make him an ideal choice
to chair the commission. I’m sure he will bring the same dedication, creativity
and hard work to this job that he has demonstrated while serving the people of Virginia."
As a state legislator, Bryant sponsored landmark legislation to protect more than
one million acres of non-tidal wetlands, restructure the state’s stormwater management
programs, and establish a nutrient credit-trading program to facilitate improvements
to more than a hundred wastewater treatment plants. Bryant was also a manager and
partner from 1996-2005 at Hurt & Proffitt, Inc., a Virginia-based civil engineering,
surveying and planning firm.
“I am honored to accept the President’s appointment,” said Secretary Bryant. “The
National Capital Planning Commission is uniquely positioned to enhance Washington’s
standing as a sustainable, livable capital city. I look forward to guiding projects
that will benefit the environment, advance green building design and protect the
city’s treasured open space.”
Bryant graduated 1986 from Randolph-Macon College with a Bachelor of Arts degree
in English. He earned his Master of Humanities degree at the University of Richmond
in 1988 and his Master of Arts degree in Modern British Literature at the University
of London in 1990.
Bryant has provided leadership to Randolph-Macon College as a member on the Board
of Associates and delivered the commencement address to the Class of 2007. In November
2008, he was awarded the Society of Alumni’s Distinguished Alumnus Award at the
R-MC “Macon Connections” event at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia. Bryant
is also an ardent supporter of the college’s environmental studies program and has
been known to don a pair of waders and work side-by-side with students and faculty
in local area stream cleanup projects.
“Preston is one of Randolph-Macon’s finest,” said Lindgren, “and is a shining example
of how a liberal arts education can prepare students for a lifetime of success.
We are incredibly proud of the leadership he provides to so many and of all he has