Ryan King

Public Member, 2019
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I’m excited and honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Hilltop board. I am a firm believer in the importance of early childhood education, and can think of no more worthwhile cause than ensuring our youth have ample opportunity to succeed in life. As adults, we’re charged with preparing future leaders, law makers, innovators, and dreamers to shape the world into a better place.

After graduating the University of Kansas in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance, I immediately put my education to good use by going into computer repair. After working for Apple, Inc for five years, I opted to focus on local business and went to work for a Lawrence-based managed services provider as an IT technician before moving to my current role with KU IT. I support the mathematics, economics, and natural and earth sciences departments, and get to see the campanile every day at work, which can’t be topped.

In addition to my day job as an IT technician, I am the youth director at First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence. Serving the local youth is an indescribable privilege, and every day presents a new and wonderful challenge. In this role I organize weekly meetings, monthly activities ranging from social outings to out-of-state mission trips, and do my best to help guide middle and high school youth on their spiritual and emotional journey into adulthood.

Outside of my official responsibilities, I’ve spent time working with the Boy Scouts of America and the Boys and Girls Club. I fill my down time with reading, cooking (and eating), music, KU basketball, binging everything on Netflix, and spending time with my wife, daughter, and our border collie, Ralph.

Accredited since 1987 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children
KU student, staff, and faculty families receive priority on the waiting list
Sliding fee schedule and scholarship fee subsidies
Warm, loving care coupled with developmentally appropriate curriculum
KU families from across the nation and world bring diversity to Hilltop classrooms
Lead teachers hold degrees in child development, early childhood education, or elementary education

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