Welcome to BackStory

bryan-gentryHey there! I’m Bryan Gentry. Even if we haven’t met in person, there’s a chance that you’ve met some of my writing.

I edit the Lynchburg College Magazine (making me the default author for most of the articles there) and also write most of the news stories on the College website and most of the social media posts that come from the College’s official accounts.

BackStory is my attempt to do three things:

  • First, put an additional human dimension to the telling of the story of Lynchburg College. I hope that by getting to know the storyteller as he continues becoming a Hornet, you’ll get another glimpse of what Lynchburg College is all about.
  • Second, give readers a behind-the-scenes look at the stories we tell. What’s the story behind the story?
  • Third, to set an example. I’m asking more faculty and staff members to be active here in the Red Chair Blogs community. I’ve been taught that you should never ask someone to do something that you are not willing to do yourself. This applies to asking my kids to eat their green vegetables, and it also applies to asking PhDs to write a blog.

This first entry will do more for the first goal. Who is this guy who tells all these stories about Lynchburg College?

I grew up in North Carolina, spent two years in Nevada as a missionary (including several months in Sin City itself), graduated from Southern Virginia University in 2007, and has lived in Lynchburg ever since. After college, I covered business for the Lynchburg News & Advance for three and a half years before becoming a writer for Randolph College for about the same amount of time. I became Lynchburg College’s director of media relations in February 2015.

My hobbies include running, biking, playing guitar, repairing my 90-year-old house, telling bedtime stories to my kids, and ballroom dancing with Becky, my wife.

Oh, and writing. I consider myself lucky to have made a career out of one of my favorite hobbies.

We took this photo with the newly installed LC LOVE sculpture when our youngest child was about six weeks old.

We took this photo with the newly installed LC LOVE sculpture when our youngest child was about six weeks old.

I have always had a great respect for Lynchburg College. When I interviewed here, I mentioned that I feel like every time I turn around in Lynchburg I run into LC alumni whose lives were¬†changed and whose careers were¬†advanced thanks to the education they received here. It’s my pleasure to help tell the stories that make LC what it is.

That’s all for now. It’s a great day to be a Hornet.

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