In 1969, two men conceived the idea of a community foundation that would serve the Bryan area. Lemuel L. Hawk, director and senior vice president of The Aro Corporation, and John B. Dwyer, III, attorney and president of Citizens National Bank, called together a close group of associates and formed what would become the Bryan Area Foundation.
The Bryan Area Foundation is a publicly supported community foundation, using donations to accomplish diverse philanthropic goals. By working through the Foundation, donors can make a significant difference in the life of their community.
Today the Bryan Area Foundation has over $23 million in assets and oversees 317 separate funds. More importantly over the last 47 years, the Foundation has distributed over $9.5 million in grants and scholarships.
The Bryan Area Foundation is governed by a board of trustees and also serves as the administrator of the Edon, Montpelier and Millcreek-West Unity Area Foundations.
During the Foundation’s history, the following people have served as Chairman of the Board: