Meet Jacksonville CP Melissa Ryan
Jul. 15, 2016
It’s summertime and the students are hot. So, why don’t we stick with the sunshine, heat and humidity motif that is the great Sunshine State of Florida in our ongoing series we like to call, “Meet Your Campus Presidents?”
Today, we’re heading to the northeast corner of the state to Jacksonville to meet our Concorde Career Institute – Jacksonville Campus President (CP) Melissa Ryan. Ryan said she didn’t expect her college background in computer science to lead to a career in higher education, but that’s exactly what it did, taking her first to the northeastern U.S. before heading south to the sand and surf of Florida.
Let’s read on and learn more about what makes our Jacksonville CP tick, from her love of students, to her love of scary movies and origins as a physical therapy major.
What’s been your journey to becoming a Concorde CP?
I’ve been in education since 1988 and spent the first 15 years of my career at Boston University in a variety of positions, from IT support to eventually running the Corporate Education Center and its five locations. I’ve since worked as the Vice President/General Manager of New Horizons Learning Centers of Boston, Regional Executive Director-Massachusetts for Lincoln Educational Services and then moved my family here to Florida. I joined Concorde six years ago.
What’s been the best part about being a Campus President?
By far, it is being able to change lives. Seeing our students achieve their dreams and walk across the stage makes every day worth it.
What is it that makes the Jacksonville campus stand out for its students?
Our team. The majority of the Jax team has been with Concorde for more than five years each. They are here because they love our students and our campus. We are also well connected to our community.
What’s the best piece of advice you were ever given?
Do the right thing. Having the best interests of the students and Concorde never leads you down the wrong path.
What’s a favorite TV show, recent movie you’ve seen or book you’ve read?
I love a good scary movie about hauntings. I just saw the Conjuring 2. Should I admit this?!
What is a hidden talent, favorite hobby or little-known fact people don’t know about you?
I come from a long line of educators and started my college years as a physical therapy major only to end up in computer science, thinking that I would not have a career in education. Yet, that is exactly where I landed.