Chris Ryan

Vice President of Academics

Chris earned his teaching stripes the hard way — in the classrooms of America’s high schools.  A five-year physics and chemistry teacher and a veteran of Teach For America, Chris has contributed both in and out of the classroom to the growth of Manhattan Prep.

The bearer of a 790 official GMAT score, Chris has no shortage of teaching chops. In addition to accidentally blowing up high-school laboratories, Chris developed and taught a summer program on complexity theory, attracting a critical mass of other geeks. 

Having run out of explosives, Chris returned to school and earned his M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business (Duke), graduating in the top 10% of his class. While at Fuqua, Chris was the head teaching assistant in core Statistics and Finance courses. He also won both the Asa T. Spaulding Award for Leadership and the Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to Fuqua. Subsequently Chris worked for two years as an associate in McKinsey’s New York office.

Currently, Chris serves as Vice President of Academics for Manhattan Prep. Outside of Manhattan Prep, Chris likes to play piano and guitar (both badly), singing off-key tunes to his wife and young children in Carrboro, North Carolina.

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