For decades, Philip H. Ryan has been a valuable champion for Bay Path University. I count Phil among one of my dearest friends and have valued the advice he has given me through the years. He was first introduced to Bay Path through his friendship with Helen Boron Modzelewski ’39. From 1990 to his retirement in 2005, he was a member of the Board of Trustees, and also served as Chair of the Finance Committee. As Chair of the Finance Committee, Phil positioned the University to be financially strong, and developed the infrastructure that allows us to continue that growth today. With his support, a number of major capital projects were undertaken, and here is just a short list: the Blake Student Commons, the D’Amour Hall for Business, Communications & Technology, and the renovation of Carr Hall.
In 2004, in honor of a gift to Bay Path for his support of the sports programs, and in particular for the soccer program, the soccer fields were dedicated with a plaque that reads: “Ryan Soccer Field named in honor of Trustee Philip H. Ryan and Helen Baron Modzelewski ’39.” Always humble, Phil’s lasting generosity is best represented by the Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center, which houses our programs in education and the health sciences. Phil’s impact, in so many ways, will be felt at Bay Path for years to come.
Could you share a bit about your life journey and career?
I grew up in the Forest Park section of Springfield, MA. I attended Villanova University where I was a finance major. After college, I was drafted into the army serving for two years. For one of those years, I was stationed in Seoul, South Korea. Once I finished my term of duty, I returned to Springfield and was an accountant at a book wholesale company for five years. My next position was as the Treasurer at Ballard Manufacturing. Eventually, I became one of three partners in the company. When we sold Ballard to Koch Industries, I retired.
What are you most proud of in your career?
What I am most proud of is my name on the Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center. My career allowed me to invest well, which then, in turn, gave me the financial means to help Bay Path.
What is one regret that you have in your career?
I have no regrets.
What advice would you give to students at Bay Path who are setting out on their own life journey?
My advice would be to work hard and take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Don't be afraid to make mistakes and learn from them.