After 34.5 years of service to the University of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana, Dr. Timothy P. Ryan retired from UNO in December 2010. Since that time, Dr. Ryan has served as an economics consultant, working for state and local governments, business interests, and other private clients.
Dr. Ryan was named the fifth Chancellor of the University by the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors, on October 31, 2003. He served a decade as Dean of UNO’s College of Business Administration and elevated its programs to national prominence. A former Director of the Division of Business and Economic Research and a Hibernia Professor of Economics at UNO, he has demonstrated his commitment to the academic, research and service missions of the University since joining its faculty in 1976.
During his seven years of Chancellor of the University of New Orleans, Dr. Ryan steered the University through the most turbulent period of it history.
Under his leadership, the University became the first entity in the state of Louisiana to take over a failed school when it took over the operations and management of Capdau elementary school. Now, UNO is in partnership to run six charter schools in New Orleans. After the devastation that Hurricane Katrina caused in August of 2005, UNO, in Dr. Ryan’s leadership, was the only university in New Orleans to continue with the fall semester when it resumed operations in New Orleans on October 10, 2005.
Dr. Ryan has been an expert in economics and economic development in New Orleans and Louisiana for over 30 years. He has served on almost every economic development committee and task force over the past thirty years in New Orleans and Louisiana.
He has advised every Mayor since Dutch Morial on economic development and tax issues, chairing or serving on tax or economic development transition teams for Sidney Barthelemy, Marc Morial, C. Ray Nagin, and Mitch Landrieu.
He was appointed by Governor Buddy Roemer as Co-Chair of the Governor’s Economic Development Advisory Panel in 1987. Dr. Ryan served as the Executive Director of the MetroVision Partnership during the planning phase of the process from 1988 to 1990.