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Lisa Marsh Ryerson

About Lisa Marsh Ryerson

Lisa Marsh Ryerson is the Provost at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). She will assume the role of President at SNHU on July 1, 2024.

As Provost, Lisa is responsible for the university’s offerings and the strategic direction of the overall student experience. Presently, SNHU serves more than 200,000 learners globally and is the largest nonprofit provider of higher education in the United States. The university offers 200+ programs, from certificates to doctoral-level degrees, including business, education, liberal arts, social sciences and STEM. The Provost’s Office unites campus and online academic programs with student experience efforts, including admissions, advising, and student financial services, into one team committed to the student academic experience. Under Lisa’s leadership, SNHU continues to expand access to higher education to learners worldwide.

Lisa brought a wealth of education and nonprofit experience to her role at SNHU. During her 18-year tenure as the university president and CEO of Wells College in Aurora, New York, she increased enrollment by 45%, launched an endowed Center for Business and Entrepreneurship, and revitalized the economy of the surrounding community. Lisa has also served on boards of higher education and nonprofit organizations, including the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Southern New Hampshire University, and the Congressional Hunger Center. She now serves on the boards of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, the National Women’s History Museum and The Generosity Commission.

Before joining SNHU, Lisa was the president of the AARP Foundation, the charitable affiliate of the AARP. In this role, she spearheaded innovative partnerships with other organizations to create and advance effective solutions that help vulnerable older adults increase their economic opportunity and social connectedness. During the last three-year plan under her leadership, the Foundation generated over $5 billion in income for older adults.

Lisa earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wells College, and a Master of Science in Education/Literacy from the State University of New York Cortland, where she was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. She was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Southern New Hampshire University, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the State University of New York at Albany for having “met and exceeded each of John Quincy Adams’ standards for leadership,” and an Honorary Doctor of Social Services from Dickinson College.


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