If there’s one person in Milne that you need to know, it’s Ryann Fair. She’s the Library’s new business manager, and she has her finger on the pulse of library operations. If you’ve attended a recent event hosted by Milne, chances are that Ryann coordinated it. Summer building renovations? Ryann works with the office staff in managing those. But most of what she does happens behind the scenes, like donor and alumni relations, overseeing the Library’s budget, acting as Milne’s hiring manager, and serving on diverse Library teams including the Assessment, Marketing, and Travel Teams.
Having the opportunity to work with every department and staff member is the thing Ryann likes best about her job. “The staff is fantastic. The initiatives the Library is undertaking are fun and exciting, and I get to help out with them.”
Before joining the staff last April, Ryann was the administrative specialist at Nazareth College’s Lorette Wilmot Library, a job she loved. She made the move to Milne, she says, because it offered the chance to do much of the same sort of work but also to do more — and more challenging — things. Ryann holds a B.A. in psychology from Houghton College, an M.A. in liberal studies from Nazareth, and is working toward an M.S. in management from Nazareth.
Outside work, Ryann has an active social life and gets together with friends once — and sometimes twice — each weekend. Her best vacations, she says, were trips to Cape Cod, renting a house with three other couples. She hopes to take a tour of European cities someday.
Among her quieter pursuits are making jewelery and ceramics (she has a minor in fine arts), reading (Kristin Hanna is one of her favorite authors), movies (her tastes tend toward sci-fi), cooking (learned from her Sicilian grandmother), and running.
Ryann’s office is in Milne 214, and she be contacted at [email protected] or 245-5598.