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AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR ROYAL HOLLOWAY AND BEDFORD NEW COLLEGE INC.

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.

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. 

  • Bruce Eshbaugh

    Bruce is president of Sentinel Advisory Corporation, a capital management firm based in Plymouth, MA. Bruce has over 25 years’ experience of working in the finance industry and prior to joining Sentinel he was the vice president of national sales at Icon Funds. Bruce achieved his BA in English Literature from Richmond, The American International University in London. He then went on to graduate from Royal Holloway University of London in 1990 with an MA in English Literary studies where he specialised in the Renaissance period and the poetical work of Milton. In 2006 he received an MSc in Financial Economics from SOAS. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife Antonia.

  • Paul Layzell

    Professor Paul Layzell is the Principal of Royal Holloway, University of London. He joined the College in August 2010. Previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sussex, Professor Layzell is a distinguished software engineering researcher. He has written extensively on software development methods and most recently published papers contributing to the foundations of service-oriented and ‘cloud’ computing. 

    After serving as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Resources at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), he was appointed Programme Manager for the UMIST-Manchester merger. He was subsequently appointed Vice President for University Development, before moving to the University of Sussex in 2006. Paul is chair of London Higher, representing most of London’s higher education institutions, a member of the Board of Jisc and, until 2017, was Chair of AQA, the UK’s largest examination boards.  In 2017, he was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey.

  • 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.


Officers

  • Caroline Hawley

    Caroline Hawley has been the Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London since 2015. Prior to taking up this role she worked as Development Director at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). She graduated from the University of Surrey with a BA in Dance, before going on to study for an MSc in Marketing at the University of Manchester. Caroline is on the Development Board of Watford Palace Theatre and was a Trustee of the International Performers Aid Trust until 2018.

    She lives in Surrey with her husband Martin and three children.

  • Rob Thrower

    Rob is Head of Financial Performance Management at Royal Holloway, a role he took up in September 2016. He was the Senior Management Accountant at the College for 17 years before taking up his new post. Rob Graduated from Royal Holloway in 1996 with a BA (Hons) in Music and Mathematics. He lives in Staines with his wife Ruth.

  • Rohini Chandrabhatla

    Rohini graduated from Royal Holloway University of London in 1988 with a BSc in Mathematics, before going on to gain an MSc in Professional Accountancy at Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration. Rohini is an experienced corporate tax professional and worked for PwC, Field Entertainment and Kajuhi information Systems before joining the PA Consulting Group in 2007 as the Head of Tax for North America. She lives in Reston, Virginia with her husband Ganesh.