James E. Ryan (educator)

James Edward Ryan (born September 21, 1966) is an American legal scholar and lawyer, currently serving as the ninth president of the University of Virginia since August 2018. He previously served as the eleventh dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education from 2013 to 2018.[1][2]

Jim Ryan
9th President of the University of Virginia
Assumed office
August 1, 2018
Preceded byTeresa A. Sullivan
Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education
In office
September 1, 2013 – June 30, 2018
Preceded byKathleen McCartney
Succeeded byBridget Terry Long
Personal details
James Edward Ryan

(1966-09-21) September 21, 1966 (age 57)
SpouseKatie Homer
EducationYale University (BA)
University of Virginia (JD)

Ryan is also the author of Wait, What?: And Life's Other Essential Questions[3][4] and Five Miles Away, A World Apart: One City, Two Schools, and the Story of Educational Opportunity in Modern America.[2] On September 15, 2017, it was announced that he would replace Teresa Sullivan as the ninth president of the University of Virginia.[5]

His first act upon his inauguration on October 19, 2018, was to announce that in-state undergraduates from families making less than $30,000 per year would receive scholarships covering tuition, room, and board, while those from families making less than $80,000 per year would receive full-tuition scholarships.[6] Starting in fall 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, he enacted strict restrictions on students.[7]

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Raised in Midland Park, New Jersey, Ryan attended the local public schools.[8]

Prior to serving as dean of Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ryan was the Matheson and Morgenthau distinguished professor of law and Weber research professor of civil liberties and human rights at the University of Virginia School of Law.[2] He graduated from Yale University and University of Virginia School of Law where he graduated Omicron Delta Kappa, and clerked for then-chief judge of the 9th Circuit J. Clifford Wallace and then-Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist.[2]

Ryan lives with his family in Charlottesville, Virginia. Prior to accepting the UVA presidency, Ryan lived in Lincoln, Massachusetts with his wife, four children, and various animals including two cats, two dogs, and nine chickens.[9]

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  1. ^ "Harvard Graduate School of Education's New Dean Announced". Harvard Magazine. 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2017-05-06.
  2. ^ a b c d "UVA Law Professor Named Dean of Harvard Education School". University of Virginia School of Law. 2013-06-09. Retrieved 2017-05-06.
  3. ^ "How A Harvard Dean's Commencement Speech On Life's Big Questions Went Viral". www.wbur.org. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  4. ^ Harvard dean on book inspired by his popular graduation speech, retrieved 2017-06-13
  5. ^ McCance, McGregor (September 15, 2017). "UVA Today: Board of Visitors Selects James E. Ryan as University of Virginia's Next President". news.virginia.edu. Retrieved September 15, 2017.
  6. ^ Walsh, John (October 19, 2018). "University of Virginia Tuition Will Be Free for Students Whose Families Earn Less than $80,000". businessinsider.com. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  7. ^ "Restrictions Will Remain for Two More Weeks, Continuing Effort Against COVID-19". UVA Today. 2020-10-06. Retrieved 2020-10-30.
  8. ^ "James Ryan Reintroduces Himself To The University Community", UVA Today, September 15, 2017. Accessed September 28, 2020. "I attended public schools in my hometown of Midland Park, a small, then mostly blue-collar town in Northern New Jersey."
  9. ^ "5 Essential Questions for Success". Uloop. Retrieved 2017-05-06.

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