JNEWS: Ryan, Terrence [MC1972] Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Terrence Ryan
Class of 1972

Upon graduation from Manhattan College in 1972, Dr. Ryan received a fellowship to the state University of New York at Brockport to study adapted physical education and special education. After obtaining his Master’s Degree at SUNY, Brockport, Dr. Ryan received a teaching assistantship to The Ohio State University, Nisonger Center. There he studied, conducted research and worked with prominent scholars in special education, psychology, adapted physical education and health services.

In June of 1977, Dr. Ryan received his Ph. D. from the Ohio State University and accepted his first job in Cleveland as supervisor of adapted physical education and leisure services for the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCBDD). Over the next seven years, he developed a comprehensive program of adapted physical education and leisure-recreation services for 4,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities.

After being promoted to Director of Children’s Services for the CCBDD in 1985, Dr. Ryan worked with 31 school districts to implement special education services for the multi-handicapped in neighborhood schools and the development of preschool special education services. In 1998, Dr. Ryan became the CCBDD’s first Assistant Superintendent, responsible for the overall operation of the CCBDD’s educational, adult vocational, residential, transportation and clinical services. In 2002, Dr. Ryan became Superintendent/CEO of the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Dr. Ryan is recognized for his leadership at the local, state and national levels. He leads one of the finest organizations in the country, serving individuals with developmental disabilities. He oversees an annual operating budget of $200 million and a professional staff of 1,250, serving more than 9,000 infants, children and adults who have developmental disabilities. Over his career he has worked on important public policy initiatives at the state and national levels so that people with disabilities are afforded equal opportunities.

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[JR: Well done.]

Ryan, Terrence  [MC1972]

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