The University of North Texas in Denton has announced a $30 million gift from alumnus and UNT system board of regents chair G. Brint Ryan ('88, '88 MS) and his wife, Amanda, to its college of business.
The largest gift in the university's history will create at least six endowed chairs and provide funding for academic program initiatives over seven years, with the goal of enhancing the reputation, prestige, and ranking of the business school. Areas of focus will include taxation and tax research, entrepreneurship, finance, logistics, information technology, cybersecurity, and behavioral accounting. In recognition of the gift, the school will be renamed the G. Brint Ryan College of Business.
Ryan, who earned a combined bachelor and master of science degree in accounting from UNT, is the founder, chair, and CEO of Ryan, a global tax services provider in Dallas.
"My experience at UNT transformed me," said Ryan. "It opened my eyes to a world of incredible possibility. The skills and lessons I learned at UNT enabled me to build and lead a fantastic team of people to the top of the global tax services and software business. I'm thrilled to be able to share some of that success with UNT business students and faculty. This gift will help the College of Business attract and retain some of the best minds in the field enabling us to be more competitive and more effective in our mission at UNT."