William H. Ryan

William H. Ryan received the Patrick Daly Memorial Award in 2000 for his outstanding leadership of High Point High School in Beltsville, Maryland, the second Comer school he led as a principal in Prince George's County. From 1994 to 1998 he served as the principal of Eisenhower Middle School in Laurel.

William is the principal of River Hill High School in Howard County, Maryland. In the past four years under his leadership, River Hill has been named a State and National Blue Ribbon School, a Maryland Green School, a Maryland School of Character, and was named recently by Newsweek as one of the top high schools in the United States. In 2009, the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) selected William as High School Principal of the Year.

Reflections on the Comer Process

Since the early 1990s, when I went to my first Comer Process training, I have worked hard in each of my schools to create a collaborative environment that meets the developmental needs of our students. The Comer Process has been the foundation of everything that I have done and it has lead to the success of our staff and most importantly of our students.