Kent Ryan, 2013
- Dean Palm Coast Campus / Foundation Planned Giving Director
- DSC employee since April 2007
Degrees and schools where awarded: M.B.A., Webster University; B.B.A., Florida Atlantic University; A.A., Robert Morris University.
Career/Professional honors: Presidential National & Community Volunteer Service Award, December 2012; Eagle Scout Boy Scouts of America National Quality District Award and the Golden Eagle Award; Rotarian of the Year and past Flagler County Rotary Club President.
Outside interests: Time spent with wife, kids and our family vacations; golfing with friends and associates; Bible study; third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus; community service projects and activities.
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? FPL (1973 – 1995) - Started as a meter reader and retired as an industrial/commercial manager; HP Reid (1995 – 2000) - vice president of purchasing and human resources; Gibraltar Design Architects (2000 – 2002) - marketing & sales director; Florida Hospital Memorial Foundation (2002 – 2007) - executive director.
In speaking with our Foundation donors, what would be the one thing you feel they would like students who benefit from their generosity to know? That the donor’s wishes for our Daytona State College students have assisted them in achieving their goal of a quality education and a foundation for a new career in life.
What professional projects are you working on right now? Association Fundraising Professional – Volusia/Flagler Chapter founder and president; Estate Planning Council Volusia/Flagler Chapter co-founder and board member.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? Establishing the WISE program as part of the Daytona State College Foundation and receiving a priceless donation of recording devices from one of its members; working with new and existing donors to establish scholarships and then seeing their donation assist our students achieve their goals; assisting in the establishment of the Taste of 24 special events; working to update existing buildings and being part of the design and construction of the new classroom building at the Flagler/Palm Coast Campus; being part of the Flagler business, education and governmental community by serving on committees.
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? Complete the construction of the new
24,000-square-foot classroom facility at the Flagler/Palm Coast Campus by Fall Semester 2014 and secure donations for naming opportunities in the new building.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: That I don’t play golf every day. It’s just part of how we establish relationships with potential donors.
Last book read: “By Unknown Means” by Prof. Douglas Giacobbe of Daytona State College
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? He is a very friendly man but to his friends he is known as a “Professional Beggar.”
If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, the guest list would be: Jesus Christ, President Ronald Regan, my grandfather Attlio Marcolini and my wife Maureen
The Daytona State of Mind to me is: a quality four-year-degree granting institution with students and community at the core of its mission.