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Maine Technical College System

News Release
Dr. Patricia Ryan Appointed President of
York County Technical College

CONTACT: Alice Kirkpatrick
Tel: (207) 767-0116, ext. 3

WELLS, Maine – Dr. Patricia Ryan, president of a highly regarded private two-year women’s residential college in Pennsylvania has been selected as the new president of York County Technical College in Wells. The Maine Technical College System (MTCS) Board of Trustees endorsed MTCS President John Fitzsimmons’ nomination of Dr. Ryan at a meeting held today at the Wells campus.

“Dr. Ryan brings a reputation as a strong academic leader, a communicator and a consensus builder – just the right qualities to lead this college into the future,” said Fitzsimmons. “I believe we have in Dr. Ryan an energetic and talented leader for YCTC, and a great addition to the Maine Technical College System community.”

Dr. Ryan was selected from a field of 48 candidates following a national search. She will start on August 1st.

“I am delighted and honored by this appointment,” said Dr. Ryan. “From my visits, I’ve been very impressed with what I’ve seen, and with President Fitzsimmons’ leadership. I’m excited to be returning to Maine, and to be part of an exciting era for this college and the community,” she said.

Since 1995, Dr. Ryan has served as president of Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Under her leadership the college saw significant increases in enrollment and annual giving, major investments in classroom technology, and campus improvements.

Ryan has family roots in Maine, and visits the state regularly. She began her over 20-year career in higher education as a nursing instructor, and has subsequently held numerous leadership posts – including department chair, dean of continuing education, and dean of academics – before being appointed president of Harcum College.

Ryan has a Masters in Education from Bridgewater State College, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has done post-doctoral work at Bryn Mawr College and Harvard University. She is a member of the American Council on Education (ACE) and the American Association of Community Colleges.

YCTC is the newest of the seven technical colleges. Established by the Legislature in 1994, the college offers 23 associate degree and certificate options at a modern, 77,000 square foot facility in Wells. The college has grown to an annual enrollment of over 800 credit students and 1,300 students through continuing education courses.

CMTC’s Technical Learning Center Named for Former Trustee John H. Lapoint

Also at the Board meeting, Trustees approved a request by Central Maine Technical College president Scott Knapp to name the college’s new Technical Learning Center after former trustee John H. Lapoint, Jr.

John Lapoint was founder and president of a highly successful business, U.F. Strainrite – now Lapoint Industries – in Auburn. He started at a two-year college and went on to become a respected business leader. Never forgetting his roots, he was committed to supporting philanthropic causes and giving back to the community.

“John Lapoint lived a life that serves as a model to other two-year college students. He believed deeply in the value of education, and of the importance of participating fully in the community. He was a distinguished business man, trustee, family man, community leader and friend,” said President Knapp.

Lapoint was appointed to the MTCS Board of Trustees by Governor McKernan.  He served on the board until his death in 1995.

Trustees also authorized CMTC to offer a new Associate in Science in Human Services. The program will help meet a growing need for employees in social service fields.