Published on November 3rd, 2016 | by Kendall Meyercord


Dr. John W. Ryan Leadership Circle

We are excited to introduce the Dr. John W. Ryan Leadership Circle, which will recognize the top 25 Undergraduate Scholarship-Leadership Award Winners. The Kappa Sigma Endowment Fund Trustee’s named Leadership Circle in honor of Past Worthy Grand Master, Dr. John W. Ryan. The inaugural honorees will be announced on this upcoming Founders Day, December 10, 2016.

Each Ryan Honoree will receive a Leadership Grant that will cover their expenses for registration and lodging at either the Leadership Conference or Biennial Grand Conclave (depending on year).

About Brother Ryan:

One of our most distinguished and extraordinary Brothers, John W. S. Ryan, a November 18, 1950, initiate of the Delta-Sigma Chapter, at the University of Utah, where he earned a B.A. in 1951. He was, undoubtedly one of the most eminent educators and scholars in the United States. He possessed honorary doctorate degrees from no less than 13 U.S. colleges and universities and has been recognized nationally and internationally with an additional 17 special honors. In his spare time, he authored 17 different publications and research projects.

He served in leadership positions of such fine institutions as the Universities of Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Arizona State, and, President of Indiana University. He achieved his Master of Arts in 1958 and his Ph.D. in 1959 at Indiana. Later, when Dr. Ryan was selected President of Indiana University in 1971, he held the distinction of being the youngest president of a major university in the United States.

He moved to President Emeritus of Indiana University in 1987 and subsequently served as Interim President of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton in 1989 and of the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1994.

Over his time, Brother Ryan was involved internationally with Universities in the United Arab Emirates’ Warsaw, Poland; Zagreb, Croatia, and Bangkok, Thailand; and he worked on special projects supporting Panama, Papua New Guinea, and countries in Central and Eastern Europe through the U.S. Department of State.

Brother Ryan served our great fraternity in many roles including Worthy Grand Master and District Grand Master. He was recognized as Kappa Sigma’s Man of the Year in 1975.



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