Ryan began his journey with Lindsey Wilson College in fall of
1996 as a freshman on the main campus. At this time he was
fortunate to have received a track and cross country scholarship
that paid my tuition as he worked toward his Human Services Degree.
During his four year undergraduate program experience, he had the
opportunity to travel across North America as part of Lindsey
Wilson's Track/Cross Country Program.
After graduation with his Bachelor degree in spring 2000, Ryan
married his high school sweetheart, and fellow Lindsey Wilson
alumna, Fran Napier. They began their life together in a small
apartment on Lindsey Wilson's campus as Ryan worked as an apartment
manager for the Residence Life Department, while pursuing his
Master's in Mental Health Counseling and Human Development. During
those two years he and his wife welcomed their baby girl, Abby,
into the world. During that time Ryan worked as a graduate
assistant to the Human Services Department, an Apartment Manager
for Residence Life, a Mental Health Associate for a local Mental
Health Agency, went to school full-time, and began his new role as
After completing my Master Degree in 2002, Ryan's family
returned home to Harlan County, and Ryan began his stint with the
Extended Campus Programs as coordinator of the Southeast Kentucky
Community and Technical College. Ryan pioneered the first
Bachelor's and Master's program at SKCTC, seeing the first
undergraduate class graduate in December 2003.
Ryan is pleased to serve Lindsey Wilson now as the Director of
Enrollment for the School of Professional Counseling, supervising
all of our extension sites. Ryan's passion continues to be
teaching in the undergraduate program, but finds rewards in playing
a part in the enrollment of nearly nine hundred students across our
sites. He finds much fulfillment taking part in the Mental Health
Movement that Dr. John Rigney and Dr. Angelia Bryant have initiated
across Southeastern Kentucky, and beyond.