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Edmund Ryan, S.J. Collection
Dates: 1975-2000
Creator: Edmund Ryan
Record Series: 493


Tatyana V. Popovic Archives & Special Collections

Extent: 9 linear feet (18 boxes)
Language of Materials: English


Edmund Ryan was born December of 1928 in Scarsdale, NY. He held various degrees in Theology and Education, and was a member of the Society of Jesus (a Jesuit). He used his skills and training in education and theology to gain multiple administration positions in Jesuit schools from New York to both Washington state and Washington D.C. In 1993 he joined Le Moyne College, where he held the positions of Interim Academic Vice President and Special Assistant to the President until his death in 2001. This collection contains both personal and professional letters and correspondence, committee records, and documents from previous colligate affiliations.


Biographical Notes

Edmund Ryan was born December 4, 1928 in Scarsdale, New York to Herbert and Elizabeth Ryan. Ryan entered the Society of Jesus in September of 1946, and was ordained a priest in January of 1959. Academically, he gradated with a B.A. in 1952, a M.A. at the Catholic University in 1962, and completed his Ph.D. at the same university a year later. He also received degrees in Theology from West Baden College (1953) and Woodstock College (1960).


Ryan had a prolific career as an academic administrator. He had a brief stint as a teacher at the Brooklyn Preparatory in the mid-50s before making college administration a career focus. He began his career as an Academic Dean and Executive Vice President – as well as holding a position of Professor of Psychology and Education -- at St. Peter’s College from 1965-1972. After his tenure at St. Peter’s College he served a short term as an administrator for Georgetown (1972-1974) and a year as President for Seattle College (1975-1976). He subsequently worked as Educational Consultant for Le Moyne College for a year before settling in at Canisius College for 15 years as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. When he left Canisius College in 1992 he took a year sabbatical at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California.


Ryan came to Le Moyne College in 1993 to serve as the Special Assistant to the President, assisting then interim president Rev. Robert Mitchell. Throughout his tenure at Le Moyne he also worked as the head of Mission and Planning, Interim Academic Vice President, and Professor of Education.  As a Special Assistant to the President he handled government and external relations, oversaw Le Moyne’s AmeriCorp program, and was responsible for the organization of the college’s strategic plan.


As well as being a college administrator, he was also a founder of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in New Jersey. Additionally, he was a trustee of Fordham and Georgetown universities, and he held an honorary degree from Canisius College. In 1988 he received the Yanitelli Award from the Jesuit Association of Student Personnel (JASPA), and in 1995 he was awarded a Distinguished Service Award by the American Association of University Administrator for his exemplary career.


Father Ryan died January 26, 2001 in California while visiting his brother.



Scope and Content

The Edmund Ryan collection is contained in eighteen archival boxes. The collection includes correspondence, speeches, case files, notes, reports, administrative paperwork, articles, biographical material, and personal items. The materials provide insight into his work as an administrator at St. Peter’s College, Seattle University, Canisius, and, most especially, Le Moyne College. It also sheds light into his work as a Jesuit and as a trustee at Georgian Court College. 



Preferred Citation

Edmund Ryan S.J. Collections, 1975-2000, Record Series 493, Le Moyne College Archives, Box Number, Shelf Number, Folder Number



Please Consult with Archivist


Arrangement was completed by Father William Bosch S.J. The finding aid was written by Dane Flansburgh in April 2013.


493: Edmund G. Ryan, S.J. Collection
493.1: Correspondence
493.2: Personal Items
493.3: Conferences with Le Moyne Presidents
493.3.1: Conference Notes with President Beirne
493.4: Le Moyne Years 1993-2001
493.4.1: Annual Contract
493.4.2: Education Department -- Ryan Interim Chair
493.4.4: Campus Ministry -- Interim Director
493.5: Ryan Files -- Rank and Tenure Decisions
493.5.1: Maleski Case
493.5.2 Rank and Tenure -- Thornton
493.6: AmeriCorps/Corporations for National Service
493.7: Georgetown -- Ryan, Executive V.P. Educational Affairs
493.8: Canisius -- Ryan, Executive V.P. Academic Affairs
493.9: Seattle University -- Ryan, President
493.10: "The Exoricist" Movie
493.11: Service Learning
493.12: Outcome Assessment
493.13: Planning Committee
493.14: Student Life Division Assessment
493.15: Discrimination Case
493.16: Spiritual/Pastoral Notes
493.17: Georgian Court College -- Trustee
493.18: St. Peter's College -- Ryan, Executive V.P.
493.19: Speeches and Articles
493.20: Political Advocacy
493.21: Recommendations
493.22: Adminstrative/Staff Compensation
493.23: Adminstrative Council -- Personal Notes
493.24: Faculty Senate Notes
493.25: Academic Advisory Group
493.26: Values Program Board of Directors
493.27: Society of Jesus
493.28: Affirmative Action
493.29: Faculty Salary Survey
493.30: Teaching
493.31: Institutional Research
493.32: Budget Committee
493.33: Compensation Committee
493.34: Physician's Assistant Program
493.35: Marketing Efforts
493.36: Women's Issues
493.37: Death and Funeral