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Honoring President Ryan

Fellows Program at SPEA to honor President Emeritus John W. Ryan

ryanIndiana University President Adam W. Herbert announced last fall that a new and generous public affairs fellowship program has been established in honor of President Emeritus John W. Ryan. The John W. Ryan Fellowships, expected to quickly become among the nation’s most competitive, will attract promising graduate students from all over the world to IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

“It is appropriate,” said Herbert, “that this fellowship program will be housed in a school of international renown. It honors a man who is respected throughout the world for his remarkable work in the higher education and public policy arenas.”

ryan_quotes“John Ryan served Indiana University extremely well as a professor, vice president and chancellor of regional campuses, and, for 16 years, as its president,” said Herbert. “His presidential legacy is significant. He restructured the institution and transformed IU into a multi-campus university that serves every region of the state. He forged numerous international relationships for IU, making it a truly global university. He made enormous contributions to higher education in the United States and abroad.

“President Ryan has spent his life uniting people and societies through a shared commitment to education, knowledge, and public service,” Herbert said.

SPEA is a world leader among peer institutions. U.S. News & World Report has ranked SPEA Bloomington third in the nation among the best graduate public affairs programs.

“When he was president of Indiana University, John Ryan was instrumental in the creation of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs,” said Astrid E. Merget, the school’s dean. “This is a tribute and a thank-you to a great man for his vision and leadership.”

The highly competitive fellowships will be awarded to students studying public affairs, environmental science, or pursuing a joint degree. As a part of the program, each fellow will work closely with a state or local government agency or with a nonprofit organization. They will analyze key issues, and study and recommend solutions and courses of action for an Indiana community.

“John believes that it is the responsibility of Indiana University to serve the state, the nation, and the world,” said Merget. “The service component of the fellows program is designed to do just that, and to prepare students for future positions of leadership.”

The program is funded by more than $1 million in contributions. Earnings from the endowment and matching funds from the university will enable the school to award four $25,000 fellowships annually when fully implemented.

Those wishing to make contributions to the John Ryan Fellows Program may direct gifts to:

The John W. Ryan Fellow’s Program
c/o SPEA Development Office, Suite 312
1315 E. Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-1701