Matthew J. Ryan Center

...promoting inquiry into the principles and processes of free government and seeking to advance understanding of the responsibilities of statesmen and citizens of constitutional democratic societies... 


The Matthew J. Ryan Center honors the distinguished graduate of Villanova University and Villanova Law School, Matthew J. Ryan, who served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for over 40 years. During his tenure in the House, he held the position of Majority and Minority Whip, Majority and Minority Leader, and from 1995 until 2003 he served as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Prior to public service, Matt Ryan worked as a teacher. Throughout his life he believed that civic education is essential to the maintenance of a strong democratic citizenry and the perpetuation of a free society.