John W. Ryan is Chancellor
Emeritus of the State University of New York, where he served from 1996 until
1999. Dr. Ryan was the Founding President of the University of Massachusetts
at Boston, a position he held from 1965 until 1968. Dr. Ryan is President
Emeritus of IndianaUniversity where he served for sixteen years, from 1971 until
1987. During his career he has also served as interim president at FloridaAtlanticUniversity and
the University of Maryland at Baltimore.
Among Dr. Ryan’s many significant
accomplishments in the international education arena are the creation of the
graduate public administration program at the University of Thammsat in
Bangkok, Thailand; the establishment of the SUNY Center for Russia and the
United States and its sister Center for the United States and Russia located at
Moscow State University; and his initiative to develop SUNY’s extensive program
of collaboration with the Turkish Council of Higher Education. Throughout his
life, Dr. Ryan has worked to unite people and societies through shared
education and knowledge.