Springfield, Ohio – The Wittenberg University class of 2020 has chosen Albert Bryan Jr., Wittenberg class of 1989 and governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, to present the keynote address at the university’s 170th Commencement Exercises, set to take place in picturesque Commencement Hollow on May 16, 2020.
“The senior class is excited to have Governor Bryan as our Commencement speaker,” said Leul Bulcha, senior class president. “Mr. Bryan clearly reflects the power of a Wittenberg education in the world. His journey to his current position, and his passion for helping others inspired our class, and we look forward to welcoming him to campus in May.”
Bryan is the ninth governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands (population of 110,000). The accomplishment completed a lifelong goal that Bryan said he has worked on since graduating from Wittenberg.
“I have always been attracted to leadership and politics, and I could think of no more rewarding an occupation than serving the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands in the highest office in the land,” said Bryan, who was born and raised on the island of St. Thomas, but has lived on the island of St. Croix for more than 35 years. He graduated from Wittenberg with a degree in economics and earned his MBA from the University of the Virgin Islands in 2003.
Bryan’s career track has reflected Wittenberg’s success in producing problem-solvers, critical thinkers, and creative graduates who can adapt and succeed wherever they land. Bryan has pursued such diverse paths as an oil refinery worker, business office manager of a multi-million-dollar Virgin Islands corporation, commissioner of the Virgin Islands Department of Labor, and an entrepreneur focused on strategies to create business opportunities and career paths for others. He also inspired future generations in financial literacy and leadership as executive director of the Virgin Islands branch of Junior Achievement USA.
As governor, he now presides over four islands - St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John and Water Island - and 25 different departments. He is complemented by a legislature of 15 elected senators.