Mary Ryan, Director
myran {at} compact(.)org, (402) 554-6341

As Director of Campus Compact for the Great Plains, Mary spearheads coordinated civic and community engagement efforts among the region’s colleges and universities. She works with students, faculty, staff, and community organizations to support greater integration of activities in civic and service learning, community based research, national service, and other areas in which institutions of higher education can contribute to the wellbeing of communities across the Great Plains.

Mary holds a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Nebraska Omaha and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas. After serving 10 years at KU Lawrence in Admissions and New Student Orientation, Ryan joined the KU Edwards campus in Overland Park in 2001, serving on the leadership team for the Vice Chancellor. Most recently, she has held positions in both Academic Affairs and Student Affairs at KU Lawrence. She has also worked at the University of Nebraska Omaha, Creighton University, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Mary was honored in 2012-13 as a KU Women of Distinction for her outstanding leadership in the area of student advancement.