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Snyder makes appointment to Committee on Juvenile Justice

Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Dr. Joseph Ryan, of Ann Arbor, to the Committee on Juvenile Justice.

The 15-member committee advises on juvenile justice issues and guides effective implementation of juvenile justice policies and programs.

“Joseph is a great fit for the committee and I am confident he will do good work on behalf of the people of Michigan,” Snyder said.

Ryan is an associate professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work. He is also a faculty fellow of the Children and Family Research Center. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a master’s in social work from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in social work with a focus on child welfare and juvenile justice from the University of Chicago. He will represent persons with special experience and competence in addressing problems related to learning disabilities, emotional difficulties, child abuse and neglect, and youth violence. He replaces Larissa Niec.

Ryan will serve the remainder of a three-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2014, and his appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.