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Indiana University Remembers John W. Ryan
14th President of Indiana University, 1971-87
An excerpt from President Michael A. McRobbie’s statement regarding the passing of President Emeritus John W. Ryan:
For more than half a century, John Ryan played a pivotal role in the growth and development of Indiana University and was a major figure in higher education nationally and internationally. Dr. Ryan had a remarkable vision for how the university should evolve, both across the state and around the world.
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He also was a strong leader who took the helm as president at a difficult time and earned the respect of the faculty, staff, state legislature, and alumni. Dr. Ryan saw the possibilities for IU as a great state university operating on an international stage at a time when few others were thinking in such terms.
During his 16 years as president, he oversaw the establishment of regional campuses in Richmond and New Albany, and the creation of a number of new schools and cultural centers on the Bloomington campus. He was instrumental in formalizing IU’s Office for International Affairs, and under his leadership the university forged important relationships in Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe.
Indiana University has lost a visionary leader and great friend with the passing of Dr. John Ryan. He will be deeply missed.