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News Release

New Member Joins the John Tyler Community College Board

Primary Media Contact:
Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager

Secondary Media Contact:
Heather Busch
Creative Services Manager

Released on June 06, 2011

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – John Tyler Community College welcomes Dr. James H. Ryan as the newest member to its College Board. Ryan is a West Point graduate who served in two wars and was decorated for valor and meritorious service. He held the position of president at two corporations that conducted business in the United States and Europe. He was also the president of the International Association of Professional Security Consultants and was honored by the organization as a Meritorious Life Member. Ryan also served on the United Services Organization (USO) World Board of Governors as chair of the Programs Committee, which was responsible for all USO field operations worldwide. Twice he was president of the Historic Petersburg Foundation and of the Petersburg Area Art League. He was president of the Rotary Club of Petersburg and holds Rotary International’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been married to the former Patricia Louise Abbott of Petersburg for 56 years.

In addition to his military service, his time in the business world and his work with civic organizations, Ryan is committed to education. He not only graduated from West Point, he also holds a Master of Arts in English Language and English Literature from University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Science in Administration from The George Washington University, and a Doctorate in Social Change from Walden University. “I believe education is the key to advancement in the modern world,” says Ryan. “I have taught at the United States Military Academy, West Point (English), at the University of Maryland University College (English), served on the Board of Walden University, and served on the Foundation Board of Richard Bland College.” Ryan says he also talks about teaching with his daughter who is a full professor at Florida State University.

Ryan will represent the City of Petersburg on the John Tyler Community College Board.

John Tyler Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education and is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers quality and economical opportunities for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 13,690 students during the 2009 – 10 academic year, offers 17 associate degrees, eight certificates, and 37 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 15,000 non-credit students and more than 1,000 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance. The College also is committed to sustainability. In July 2010, it received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for its Midlothian Campus Science Building, becoming the first in the Virginia Community College System to receive such recognition. John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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