Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Interim Vice President of Instruction, Yavapai College

Dr. Diane Ryan has over 30 years experience in higher education; beginning her career as a professor in Communication Studies and English and working her way up as the Dean of Engineering, Science and Mathematics.  Dr. Ryan came to Yavapai College from Tidewater Community College in Virginia, where she was named Administrator of the Year in 2018.

She is an advocate for student success and passionate about the OER (Open Educational Resources) Program, which overtime saves students thousands of dollars in textbooks and retaining tuition for the college.

Dr. Ryan earned a Ph.D. in Community College Leadership from Old Dominion University. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Communication from Western Illinois University and graduate hours in English from Old Dominion University.

At Yavapai College, Dr. Ryan oversees: Strategic Initiatives (Academic Master Plan, On-Line Programs, forthcoming initiatives), Academics & Instruction, Instructional Support, Lifelong Learning, and the Performing Arts Center.