Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Before beginning the MPA program at the University of Georgia, Ryan attended UGA as an undergraduate, completing degree programs in History and Chemistry. UGA is very near to Ryan in both its proximity to his hometown and its place in his development. Originally starting on the STEM track at UGA, Ryan realized in his undergraduate studies that he wanted to do more for the area where he grew up. His history coursework revealed the depth and complexity of the inequities he had already observed, and he recognized that he wanted to do whatever he could to push his home, his state, and his country toward a more aware and equitable course. The History Department at UGA also introduced him to the MPA program as the department began a Double Dawgs program while Ryan was a sophomore. Ryan began taking MPA coursework in the Fall of 2019 while he was still completing his undergraduate degrees. Ryan chose to focus on education administration because he believes that education is the most visible and impactful form of government to the majority of citizens and that schools are the best tool to promote a better future for all. Ryan also intends to go to law school after the MPA program to further his ability to effect change. Ryan worked on campus as an undergraduate as a student assistant and student manager with UGA’s Auxiliary Services. Ryan’s favorite hobby is writing, and he has self-published a handful of books through Amazon. The most notable was “Spirit of Barrow” which was featured in a local news story. Other titles include “Malum” and “Infinity and Begun.” Ryan also had a few of his history papers featured in undergraduate publications.