Impact of Giving

Published 11/21/16

Endowed scholarship reflects commitment of a lifelong learner

Howard and Barbara Gorham at ArchwayHoward Gorham ’60, Ph.D., has earned several advanced degrees. And acquired some professional certifications. And taught economics, finance, and management. His wife, Barbara, was a teacher for 20 years. Their son, James Gorham ’86, made Bryant a family tradition when he earned an accounting degree at his father’s alma mater.

Education matters to the Gorhams. To give others the life-changing opportunity of a Bryant degree, Howard and Barbara recently established the Gorham Family Endowed Scholarship for undergraduates with financial need. In doing so, the Gorhams are helping to advance a primary goal of Expanding the World of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Future – increasing access to a Bryant education through student scholarships.

"Bryant prepared me very well for my business career."

Through the years, the Gorhams’ hearts remained connected to Bryant, where Howard’s quest for learning began. For more than 20 years, they have consistently supported the Bryant Fund with annual gifts, providing timely and broad support for initiatives across the University.

Howard’s wide-ranging interests and education enabled him to succeed in a series of diverse careers. After 25 years with the textile and clothing giant Warnaco that culminated in the position of vice president and chief information officer, he founded a successful financial services firm that subsequently was acquired by People’s Savings Bank. Drawing on his career experience, he also taught at the University of New Haven and Nyack College.

In addition to his bachelor’s degree in industrial management, Howard earned master’s degrees in economics, finance, and industrial engineering. He holds a doctorate in management engineering, attended the IBM/Harvard School for chief information officers for over 10 years, and acquired professional certifications in systems engineering, production, and inventory control.

The Gorhams’ generosity reflects their high regard for the value of education and ongoing devotion to Bryant. “Bryant prepared me very well for my business career,” says Howard. “My wife and I have been very blessed in life and we want to give back to other people.”