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November 2005

Release date: November 22, 2005

Retiring VP Ryan to Deliver ASU Commencement Address

Michael P. Ryan, who earlier this year announced his retirement as Angelo State University's vice president for advancement and university relations, will deliver the commencement address during ASU's fall graduation ceremonies Dec. 17.

Ryan disclosed his retirement, effective April 30, in September after 35 years of service in numerous capacities, including interim president. He will speak at the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. commencement exercises Saturday, Dec. 17, in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena. Graduates in the College of Business and the College of Education will receive their diplomas in the morning ceremony. Graduates in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and the College of Sciences will walk across the stage during the afternoon exercise.

Ryan came to ASU in 1970 as director of news and information. A year later he was appointed assistant professor of journalism and served as head of the Journalism department for two years. He resumed his news and information responsibilities in 1973, overseeing an expansion of the office to include publication design and production capabilities.

In 1976 he became assistant to the president and in 1988 executive assistant to the president. In that capacity, he assisted President Lloyd Drexell Vincent in all areas of general administration, budgeting and strategic planning for Angelo State. Those duties included liaison with the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System as well as with various governmental agencies, the Texas Legislature and the U.S. Congress.

Ryan in 1993 was named vice president for university affairs with expanded responsibilities for student affairs, auxiliary enterprises, intercollegiate athletics, financial aid and University Police. He served as interim president for six months after Dr. Vincent's death in 1994.

For the last decade, Ryan has worked as vice president for advancement and university relations. His responsibilities have included development, university relations, risk management and University Police. He has also overseen the growth and development of Ram and Rambelle programs, including numerous Lone Star Conference championships and the 2004 NCAA Division II National Championship in softball.

He holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of Texas at El Paso and a M.A. in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to coming to ASU, Ryan was director of public relations and journalism instructor for Odessa College. Before that he worked in El Paso Public Schools. He and his wife, Jill, have two sons, Kevin and Sean.