Ryan has spent the majority of his professional career in higher education. Most recently, he served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at Carnegie Mellon University. During his time at the Tepper School of Business, Ryan worked with a wide range of students and was the liaison for a variety of MBA affinity groups. These groups included the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, Forte Foundation, Military MBA, and Reaching Out. He has also spent time with the University of Alabama and Penn State University. Ryan earned his M.A. in Higher Education from Geneva College and his B.A. in Communications from California University of Pennsylvania.