Times Leader Story, here
Press Release from King's College (below)
Father Jack Ryan, C.S.C., Ph.D., dean of the William G. McGowan School of Business at King’s College and a Wilkes-Barre native, has been named the College’s ninth President by the Board of Directors. Father Ryan will begin his presidency on July 1, following the departure of Father Thomas O’Hara, C.S.C., Ph.D., who will end his 12-year presidency June 30 to return to the classroom full-time in 2012.
“The selection process for a new President produced three outstanding finalists and for that we are most grateful,” said Thomas Smith, chair of the King’s Board of Directors. “We are appreciative of Father Ryan’s willingness to accept this position and we know that as our next President he will continue to lead King’s to even greater success.”
Father Ryan, 61, has been a member of the King’s business faculty since 1994 and has led the McGowan School of Business since 2004. Under his leadership the School has achieved international accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a designation only granted to five percent of business schools in the world. He has also taught finance at the University of Notre Dame as he began his divinity studies.
“King’s College will be truly blessed by the leadership of Father Ryan,” said Father O’Hara. “He is bright, hard-working, a proven administrator, and a dedicated priest who is committed to the mission of King’s College.”
Father Ryan received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Wilkes, his master’s of business administration (MBA) from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, a master of Divinity degree from the University of Toronto, and a doctorate in business administration from Temple University. During his studies in Toronto and Philadelphia, he did parish work in both cities.
Following his graduation from Wilkes, Ryan served in a variety of accounting, engineering and management positions for 13 years with Gilbert/Commonwealth Associates, Inc., in Reading. He was ordained as a priest in the Holy Cross order in 1989.
He has published numerous articles and belongs to prominent professional organizations and has been a presenter at professional meetings. He is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee and the Planning & Restructuring Committee of the Eastern Province of Holy Cross. He is a member of the Board of Stonehill College. He serves on the Board of several local organizations, including the Earth Conservancy and the Sustainable Energy Fund. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Ethos-Gen, LLC.
Father Ryan regularly assists the local diocesan clergy by participating in weekend liturgies and other parish functions, including a chaplaincy at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.