Bedford's Philip Ryan to lead Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Philip B. Ryan, of Bedford, has been named interim president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. Ryan is a 1965 graduate of the university, and has served on the board of trustees since 1999. (COURTESY)
He said he’s happy that he has the time and energy and that the trustees “believe I can lead the university as we search for our next president.”
“The search committee for a new president is just getting organized, and will include faculty, staff and alumni,” Ryan said, adding the committee’s first meeting is Aug. 5.
Throughout his career, Ryan has led several companies through mergers and growth.
After serving from May 2003 to December 2011, he retired as CEO of Merchants Automotive Group in Hooksett, a private company owned by the Singer family, which specializing in corporate fleet leasing, fleet management and real estate investments. “I retired as CEO following a smooth and effective leadership transition,” Ryan said.
From 1990 to 1997, Ryan was president and CEO of Elliot Health System. He led the merger between Elliot Health Services, Fidelity Health Alliance and Catholic Medical Center, and created Optima Health in 1994. “As president of Optima Health, I developed a plan for consolidation of clinical and support services that received unanimous state regulatory approval,” he said.
Ryan’s home base is in Bedford with his wife, Judy. They have two grown children, Phil and Kate.
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