G. Brint Ryan of Dallas, Texas, was first appointed to the UNTS Board of Regents in 2009. He was reappointed to the board in 2015, and his term expires in May 2021.
Regent Ryan has received many awards and acknowledgments from UNT including the prestigious Wings of Eagles Presidential Award for his transformative impact on his alma mater in 2017. He was recognized with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2009 and again recognized with the Outstanding Alumnus Service Award in 2003. He was also the Alumnus of the Year, a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Pi Kappa Alpha, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Beta Pi Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi in 1997. Regent Ryan has been on the Board of Trustees for Pi Kappa Alpha since 2012. He was elected Vice President of Pi Kappa Alpha in 2015. He previously served on the UNT Accounting Advisory Board and the UNT College of Business Advisory Board. In February 2019, UNT celebrated the creation of the G. Brint Ryan College of Business through a $30 million commitment—the largest gift in university history—from Regent Ryan and his wife, Amanda.
Regent Ryan is Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Ryan, LLC, an award-winning global tax services and software provider and the largest firm in the world dedicated exclusively to business taxes. With global headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the Firm provides an integrated suite of federal, state, local, and international tax services on a multi-jurisdictional basis, including tax recovery, consulting, advocacy, compliance, and technology services. Ryan is a seven-time recipient of the International Service Excellence Award from the Customer Service Institute of America (CSIA) for its commitment to world-class client service. Empowered by the dynamic myRyan work environment, which is widely recognized as the most innovative in the tax services industry, Ryan’s multi-disciplinary team of more than 2,800 professionals and associates serves over 16,000 clients in more than 50 countries, including many of the world’s most prominent Global 5000 companies. Ryan has been recognized in multiple city, state, and national publications as one of the top workplaces in America.
Regent Ryan has also been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the 2017 Distinguished Business Leader Award from the Texas Association of Business, for his outstanding contributions to job growth and economic development in the State of Texas. He won the Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing the highest rated CEOs by Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing job sites. He ranked number 44 out of the 100 chief executives, making him the highest ranked CEO in Dallas-Fort Worth and the second highest rated CEO in the entire State of Texas.
Regent Ryan was also recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Powerful People in the State of Texas by Texas Monthly magazine. He was appointed by Susan Combs, former Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, to serve on the Taxpayer Advisory Group, comprised of business and community leaders that review and make recommendations on matters pertaining to tax policy in the state of Texas. He was a key advisor in this capacity for many years. He was also appointed by former Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst to the Texas Select Committee on Economic Development. During Regent Ryan’s tenure on the committee, he chaired the economic development policy sub-committee. The sub-committee reported findings, after meeting with business leaders and the public, which have supported the competitive edge Texas now has in competing for high-paying jobs in the global marketplace.
Regent Ryan is a member of numerous prestigious boards including the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. Regent Ryan currently serves as Chair-Elect of the Texas Association of Business and has formerly served as Treasurer on the Executive Committee of its Board of Directors for more than a decade. In 2015, he was appointed by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick to serve as the Chairman for the Lieutenant Governor’s Tax Policy Advisory Board. Most recently he served as Chairman for the Texans Back to Work Task Force created by Lt. Governor Patrick for his efforts in restarting the Texas economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Regent Ryan also serves on many boards of non-profit organizations, including the Dallas Citizens Council, the Texas Affiliate Board of Blue Cross Blue Shield, and We Heart Veterans, Inc. He also founded and chairs The Ryan Foundation, a non-profit that has donated millions of dollars and countless hours of community development to charities in 58 cities where Ryan has offices.
Regent Ryan and his wife, Amanda, have five daughters.