“When caring people with diverse skills and networks come together, in partnership with communities, we can achieve levels of empowerment perhaps thought impossible before. The Grace Foundation is an organization with the hearts, minds, and networks necessary to change a small part of the world, and through that change, give hope to others throughout the world to achieve the same. It is an honor to serve on the board.”
Thomas Bryer is professor in the School of Public Administration and director of the public administration track of the interdisciplinary PhD program in public affairs at the University of Central Florida. In January 2017, he stepped down as director of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management at the university, a position he held for 5.5 years. In addition to these local responsibilities, Professor Bryer is a Fulbright scholar and chief researcher at Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania and visiting professor at the Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice at Edge Hill University in United Kingdom. He has published three books, including Higher Education beyond Job Creation: Universities, Citizenship and Community in 2014, National Service and Volunteerism: Achieving Impact in Our Communities in 2015,Social Media for Government: Theory and Practice with Prof. Staci Zavattaro in 2016, and he is currently writing two new books: The War on Impoverished Citizenship: Global Battles on Poverty and Poor Participation expected in 2017, and Promoting Civic Health through University-Community Partnerships expected in 2018. Professor Bryer has received multiple local, statewide, national, and international awards for his research, teaching, and service.