The American Foundation for Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, Inc. is run by a dedicated group of alumni to raise awareness of and support for our alma mater and other associated causes.

Our primary initiative, the American Foundation Excellence Scholarship Program, continues to offer funding for accomplished American postgraduates who wish to study at Royal Holloway. These scholarships relieve some of the financial burden of overseas study, providing recipients with more breathing room to focus on their studies and to participate in the myriad of student societies and activities.

Donations made through the American Foundation for Royal Holloway and Bedford New College may support any aspect of the College’s work. In the last year, alumni and friends have generously supported numerous projects including music scholarships, the work of the Holocaust Research Institute and Royal Holloway’s Disability & Dyslexia Services, helping hundreds of students to overcome personal challenges to learning.

Year on year, with your support, we aim to increase the number of students to whom we are able to make a life-changing difference. Please consider joining me in making a gift to the American Foundation for Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, Inc.

This year we are celebrating ten years of offering scholarships to Royal Holloway students.

On behalf of my fellow board members and the students who will benefit from your generosity, I offer my heartfelt thanks. I also encourage you to continue to keep in touch or reconnect with Royal Holloway.

L. Preston Bryant, Jr.
Richmond, Virginia
MA English 1990


Board of Directors

  • L. Preston Bryant, JR.

    MA English '90

    L. Preston Bryant, Jr., is senior vice president at McGuireWoods Consulting, an international public affairs firm headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. He served as Virginia’s secretary of natural resources to Gov. Timothy M. Kaine from 2006 to 2010. In 2009, President Obama appointed him chair of the National Capital Planning Commission, the US government’s central planning agency for all government-owned lands and buildings in the Washington, DC, area, for a term ending in 2019. Mr. Bryant received his M.A. in modern British literature from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 1990. He lives in Richmond, Virginia, with his wife, Liz.

  • Angela Arnold

    Angela Slater Arnold currently lives and works in New York City. She is the mother of three children and is on the board of several universities involved in strategic planning, fund raising and international recruitment. Previously she worked as a vice president trading money market funds for international banks located in New York. She graduated from Royal Holloway College with a BA in History. Subsequently, she graduated Student of the Year on her PGCE course at the University of Reading. 

  • Gordon Taylor

    Gordon is an experienced manager of innovation and product development in technology-related fields.  He is also active in support of conservation and trail projects in his home town.

    Until he retired in early 2012 Gordon was technical manager responsible for electronic systems development at 3M Touch Systems in Methuen, Massachusetts. His computer and electronics career spans 40 years starting at Univac (UK) in 1972 and including design automation software for mainframe computer development (at ICL from 1973 to 1981), digital simulators and test equipment (GenRad 1982-1994), and industrial automation (1995-1996). He holds a number of touch screen related patents and patent applications. He has a BSc in Chemistry from Royal Holloway College, University of London in 1971 and has pursued computer science at Salford College of Technology, the Open University and UMass Lowell. He has published a number of papers on design automation, test equipment and digital simulation. As a team and department leader since the late 1970s he has continued to stay apprized of techniques for management, prioritization and realization of innovation in new products.

  • Jane Willoughby

    Dr. Jane Willoughby provides expert consulting services to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields in primary and secondary education. She has a wealth of experience in STEM, following a long career in biotech and education which includes most recently being the Vice President and Director of Education, Program Research, and Development at the Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education. She graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London in 1982 with a BSc in Medical Biochemistry, and then went to gain a PhD in Biochemistry from St Bartholomew’s Medical College, University of London in 1985. Jane lives in California with her husband Ingram.