Thomas M. Ryan, a 1975 alumnus of the University of Rhode Island’s College of Pharmacy, and his wife, Cathy, have been loyal supporters of the University for many years. The former chairman, president, and chief executive officer of CVS Caremark, Ryan co-chaired the $15 million private fund-raising campaign for the $54 million Ryan Center, which opened in 2002. When the University kicked off its $100 million Making a Difference campaign in 2007, Ryan was called on to chair the effort and the University exceeded its goal, raising $128 million.
With this gift, the Ryans have personally committed nearly $21 million—more than any other single benefactor—to support URI. Their generosity has benefited pharmacy, athletics, and other initiatives, including the College of Pharmacy Future Fund, the Thomas M. Ryan Scholarship, the Ryan Family Student-Athlete Complex, the Thomas M. Ryan Family Auditorium in the Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences, and the Thomas M. Ryan/CVS Chair in Community Pharmacy.
Ryan’s impact on URI extends well beyond financial support. He has provided volunteer leadership; mentored students; advised presidents, pharmacy deans, and faculty; and has always been a major advocate for URI among business and political leaders in Rhode Island and across the country. He is a 1999 recipient of an honorary doctorate from URI.
Today, we extend our deep gratitude to the Ryans for establishing the George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience with the largest philanthropic donation in the University’s history, creating an enduring legacy for generations to come.
“As a society, we must accelerate the bold, innovative research needed to combat and treat neurodegenerative and neurological diseases. Neuroscience researchers at the University of Rhode Island have the talent and passion for this work. The Institute will support these efforts, helping to drive critical advances in research and education while also positioning URI and Rhode Island as key collaborators in the field of neuroscience.”
—Tom Ryan ’75
“Together, the University of Rhode Island’s Ryan Institute and Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program will provide superb capabilities in drug discovery, pharmacology, neuroengineering, and several other areas of critical importance in the drive to discover and develop new therapies and treatments for neurodegenerative and neurological diseases.”
—URI President David M. Dooley