2013 Alumni Meritorious Service Awards

Brian E. Bennett '63

Brian majored in political science and graduated cum laude and with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Gettysburg. He was president of the Student Senate, a member of the Mercury and the Gettysburgian staffs, and an orientation leader. He earned his doctor of laws degree from Harvard Law School and is a retired partner of the firm, Davis, Spiess, & Livingood, LLC, based in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

For fifty years he has remained connected to Gettysburg College through his past service on the Board of Trustees, the Board of Fellows, the National Campaign Steering Committee, the Cupola Executive Committee, maintaining ties with members of his class as an officer, and participating in leadership events with current students and young alumni. He has been a long-time volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America and served on the executive boards of the Samuels Public Library, the Friends of Shenandoah River State Park, and the Virginia Master Naturalist, Shenandoah Chapter. Brian and his wife, Mary, live in Front Royal, Virginia.

Neil O. Bryant '82

Neil was a business administration major and Spanish minor at Gettysburg College, where he was active in Lambda Chi Alpha, the Interfraternity Council, Pi Lambda Sigma, and the men’s soccer and swimming teams. He received his master’s degree in leadership development from the Pennsylvania State University Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies and has held several leadership roles throughout his professional career, including his current position as vice president of sales development at Carestream Health, Inc.

He is a valued mentor and resource for Gettysburg College students and regularly recruits other leadership mentors for programs in the Garthwait Leadership Center. He served as the chair of the Orange & Blue Advisory Council from 2007 to 2011, overseeing a significant era of growth and influence for the O&B Council, and has spoken at several colleges and universities throughout Pennsylvania on topics including communication and leadership. Neil and his wife, Jennifer Fischer Bryant ’82, live in Glenmoore, Pennsylvania.

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