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Ryan, Johnson Named to MTU Board

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Brenda Ryan, of Commerce Township, and William Johnson, of Newaygo, to the Michigan Technological University board of control.

The eight-person board is the governing body of the University.


“Brenda and William will bring great insight to one of Michigan’s top universities. I am confident students and faculty will benefit from their significant talent and experience,” said Snyder.

Ryan is the president and owner of Ryan Industries Inc., Ryan Properties LLC. in Wixom, and Alliance Industries LLC, in Springfield, Missouri. She is a Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production honoree, was honored as a National Minority Supplier Development Council “Success Story” in 2013, Minorities in Business Small Business Person of the Year (MO) of 2013, and a Chrysler Group LLC – Diversity Supplier of the Year in 2011. Ryan earned a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a master’s degree in material science engineering from the University of Virginia. She replaces Lenora Ashford.


Johnson is president and CEO of The Berean Group LLC. He served as chairman, president, and CEO of SEMCO Energy, as CEO of Northern Pipeline Construction Co., and as president and CEO of the Gas Service Co. Johnson serves as chairman of the Biglari Holdings board of directors, is a member of The Port City Group board of directors, a member of The Right Place, and is vice chair of the Fremont Area Community Foundation. Johnson earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Central Michigan University. He replaces Stephen Hicks.

Appointees will serve eight-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2022. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

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