The University of Virginia has named James E. Ryan as its President, effective October 1, 2018.
Ryan has served as dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Charles William Eliot Professor of Education since 2013.
Prior to Harvard Graduate School, Ryan joined the UVA School of Law faculty after finishing a fellowship and clerking for the chief judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and for then-United States Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. In 2009, he founded the Program in Law and Public Service, which gives law students training and mentoring for public service careers.
In 2011, Ryan was the recipient of an Outstanding UVA Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Previously, he received the McFarland Prize for Outstanding Scholarship and the Black Law Students Association’s Outstanding Service Award.
Ryan is a first-generation college student. He holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School and a bachelor of arts in American Studies summa cum laude from Yale University.
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