Charles F. Bryan, Jr.


Charles Bryan is founding partner with Daniel P. Jordan of Bryan & Jordan Consulting, LLC, which specializes in strategic planning, and executive searches for nonprofit institutions and higher education. Dr. Bryan retired in 2008 after a thirty year career as a public historian. He first served as assistant editor of the Papers of Andrew Jackson, a University of Tennessee documentary editing project. Then following stints as executive director of the East Tennessee Historical Society and St. Louis Mercantile Library Association, Dr. Bryan was appointed president and chief executive officer of the Virginia Historical Society in 1988. 

Born and raised in McMinnville, Tennessee, Dr. Bryan is a distinguished military graduate of the Virginia Military Institute. He earned a Master's Degree in history from the University of Georgia and his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee with a specialty in the American Civil War. Author of a best seller, Eye of the Storm, a Civil War Odyssey, published by the Free Press (a division of Simon & Schuster) and a follow-up volume Images from the Storm, based on the diary of a Union Soldier. Dr. Bryan now is a frequent columnist for the RTD. Dr. Bryan was selected as the Outstanding Virginia of 2009 and recognized by the Virginia General Assembly. 

He holds honorary doctoral degrees from the Virginia Commonwealth University and Randolph-Macon College. In 2009, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association for State and Local History "for his extraordinary leadership in the field of public history." 

Dr. Bryan and his wife of forty-four years, Cammy, reside in Richmond. They have two married children and two grandsons. Their daughter graduated from the United States Naval Academy and is married to an attorney in Chapel Hill,  NC. She is the managing editor of an academic dental journal. Their son graduated from VMI, teaches computer science at Fayetteville (North Carolina) Technical Community College, and is married to a U.S. Army doctor currently serving as a fellow in Pediatric Rheumatology at Duke Children's Hospital.