July 2, 2022

Meta Braymer Retirement Farewell, 6/11

Meta R. Braymer (center) poses with Joy Crump and Beth Black (left to right), the inaugural recipients of the Meta R. Braymer Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Dr. Meta R. Braymer, Vice President for Economic Development and Regional Engagement, is retiring after more than 23 years of distinguished service to the University of Mary Washington.

Dr. Braymer came to UMW in 1990 as the director of graduate and continuing studies. She oversaw the development of the Stafford campus and served as the dean of the faculty and vice president for graduate and professional studies. Most recently, Dr. Braymer led the University’s regional engagement efforts and the formation of the Center for Economic Development, which encompasses UMW’s Small Business Development Center, professional development programs, and the Dahlgren campus. She is a founding member of the UMW Leadership Colloquium for Professional Women.  She the recipient of the prestigious Washington Medallion and the Board of Visitors recently honored her with emeritus status upon her retirement. An award is also named in her honor, the Meta R. Braymer Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Please join us on Tuesday, June 11 at 3 p.m. in Dodd Foyer as we extend best wishes to Meta Braymer, a respected member of the UMW community who will be greatly missed.

Meta Braymer Named Recipient of Metzger Award at Leadership Colloquium

Meta Braymer received the Patricia Lacey Metzger Distinguished Achievement Award during the 18th annual Leadership Colloquium for Professional Women at the University of Mary Washington on Thursday, November 3.

Meta Braymer, second from the left, is recipient of the Metzger Distinguished Achievement Award. Other members of the Colloquium Advisory Board are Dana Hurlong, far left, Mary Louise Holmes and Martha O’Keefe.

Braymer is vice president for economic development and regional engagement at UMW and leads the newly established Center for Economic Development. She was recognized for her career achievements, which include more than 30 years in higher education, as well as extensive involvement in business and community organizations.

The Metzger award recognizes individuals who uphold high standards in their personal and professional lives while fulfilling a career goal of significant stature. The award, presented annually at the colloquium since 1999, is given in memory of the late Patricia Metzger, a UMW professor and founder of the event. Only past colloquium participants are eligible to receive the Metzger award.

The 2011 colloquium centered on the theme “Mapping Your Journey.”

Vernice “Flygirl” Armour, the nation’s first African-American female combat pilot and author of “Zero to Breakthrough: The 7-Step, Battle-Tested Method for Accomplishing Goals That Matter,” gave the keynote address to more than 200 professional women at the UMW Stafford campus. In her presentation, she shared her journey of becoming a fighter pilot to emphasize the importance of a “breakthrough mentality” in the workplace.

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Meta Braymer to be Recognized by American Institute of Architects

The American Institute of Architects Virginia Society will recognize Meta Braymer, vice president for economic development and regional engagement, with honorary membership. The AIA will present the honor at the Visions for Architecture gala on November 4 in Richmond.

According to the AIA website, “honorary membership may be bestowed upon individuals not eligible for membership in the Society, but who have rendered distinguished and exemplary service, over a sustained period of time, to architecture and the built environment in Virginia.”

For more information, visit http://www.aiava.org/featured/honorary-membership-conferred-on-braymer-ohlinger/.