Gen. (Ret.) Michael E. Ryan '65

General Michael E. Ryan '65 retired from the military in 2001 after 36 years of service. He served his last four years as the 16th Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, responsible for organizing, training and equipping a force of 700,000 active duty, reserve, and civilian members. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy and an MBA from Auburn University. He is currently president of the consulting firm Ryan Associates, which focuses on national defense, and Chairman of the Board of CAE USA Inc., SELEX Galileo Inc. and the Air Force Village Charitable Foundation. He serves on the Board of Directors of United Services Automobile Association, Circadence Corporation and Alion Science and Technology Corporation. He received the Distinguished Graduate Award in 2005.