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Victoria College Foundation welcomes new board member from Gonzales

By Victoria Advocate
June 15, 2013 at 1:15 a.m.

Lauren Kelso of Austwell-Tivoli High School places a tube in a centrifuge as part of a blood testing exercise.

The Victoria College Foundation recently welcomed James Ryan to its board of directors.

Ryan, an alumnus of Gonzales High School and Texas A&M University, retired from Centerpoint Energy in 2002 but remains active in the community.

His nomination was approved by the board at its May 13 meeting. Ryan joins the 28 other community leaders on the board who share a commitment to provide quality, affordable higher education in the region.

The foundation's mission is to enable Victoria College to fulfill the needs of the individual student and the community by providing financial support for scholarships, faculty and staff development, technology, capital needs and other college initiatives.

"Mr. Ryan's experience and knowledge of the Gonzales community will be an asset to the Victoria College Foundation as we continue to expand our efforts in Gonzales," said Amy Mundy, VC Foundation executive director.

VC Gonzales Center Manager Jackie Mikesh also applauded Ryan's addition to the board.

"I have been fortunate to work with J.R. Ryan on past projects and know firsthand his dedication and commitment toward excellence in education," Mikesh said. "I am very pleased he will be serving as a member of the VC Foundation."

Ryan serves on the Gonzales Economic Development Board, which lists as a goal to expand the VC Gonzales Center. He also serves on the Gonzales ISD Education Foundation, the Vestry of Episcopal Church of the Messiah and the Gonzales Youth Center. His wife, Pat Anders-Ryan, has been the youth center's director for 17 years, and he assists her "as needed."

"My motto is 'Do what I can when I can,'" Ryan said. "I try to assist when I can."

Ryan has helped with many area initiatives and is honored to continue those efforts by serving on the VC Foundation Board.

"Victoria College is a key asset for our town," he said. "The ability of the people in our community and area to receive a reasonably priced, quality education at home increases our chances of keeping our best and brightest here. I care about my hometown and its future long beyond my time here."

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