Dr. William S. Bryant
Professor Emeritus, Biology
Dr. Bill Bryant, Biology faculty at Thomas More College since 1971, retired from Thomas More College this past spring after 37 years of service to our academic community. During his tenure at Thomas More College, Dr. Bryant served as Chair of the Biology Department for three terms, was Chair of the Pre-Medical Committee for eight years and taught 14 different courses for Biology majors as well as seven different courses for non-majors. Dr. Bryant was an excellent instructor and mentor, as evidenced by his receiving the TMC Outstanding Full-Time Teaching Award in 1995. Of the entire Biology faculty to date, Dr. Bryant had the broadest academic background, including an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Management with a minor in Physical Science, a Masters degree in Zoology, and a Doctorate degree in Plant Ecology. His dedication to his students, colleagues, staff, and other faculty at Thomas More was also proven by the numerous college and community-based committees and boards on which he served. As a member of the Thomas More College community, Dr. Bryant maintained one of the most focused, productive and consistent research programs. His dedication to this research resulted in the publication of 25 scientific, peer-reviewed articles in at least seven journals. In addition, Dr. Bryant contributed to at least five chapters in different professional books. Dr. Bryant willingness to enthusiastically involve students and alumni in his various research projects not only enhanced their learning experience but also contributed to their professional development and helped guide them though the often-times difficult process of choosing a career path. Despite his retirement, Dr. Bryant continues to be productive in his study of forest community ecology in Kentucky and the surrounding region. Dr. Bill Bryant was honored at an open house and farewell reception at Thomas More College on April 23, 2008. A strong testament of Dr. Bryant’s positive impact on students and his prolific career as a scientist was shown through an overwhelming amount of financial donations from generous alumni and other friends. To recognize and honor Bill’s commitment to the conservation and preservation of native vegetation throughout Kentucky, these funds are being used to create an arboretum on campus—a cultivation of trees and other plants used for scientific, educational and ornamental purposes. A bronze plaque, naming and describing the “William S. Bryant Arboretum,” will mark the start of the arboretum, and a variety of native trees and shrubs will be planted throughout the campus beginning this fall.
Courses Taught: Biology of Aging, Botany, Ecology, Field Biology, Invertebrate Zoology, Conservation of Natural Resources, General Biology, Senior Seminar and History of Kentucky
Research Interests: Natural Vegetation of Kentucky, Wildlife Ecology, Soil/Plant Relationships and History of Kentucky
B.S. Wildlife Management, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN M.S. Zoology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL Ph.D. Botany, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
William S. Bryant first came to Thomas More College in 1971.