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Personal profile: Sean Alan Ryan

Name: Sean Alan Ryan

Occupation: senior academic counselor at the University North Texas


Birth date and place: March 29, Sacramento, Calif.

Family: Jim and Cindy Ryan (parents in Phoenix), Shannon Wing (sister in Phoenix).

The one thing I enjoy most about my work is: No two days are ever the same.

My business philosophy is: “Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.” — John Dewey

If I could: I’d work for the National Park system.

I’m so sick of: mosquitoes.

The four guests at my fantasy dinner party would be: Such an open question, I’ll stick to people who are still alive: Jon Stewart, Tina Fey, former President Bill Clinton and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

My hobbies are: reading, riding my bike, taking my dog to the park and enjoying a nice patio.

The last book I read was: Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow.

I wish I knew how to: play an instrument.   

My worst habit is: a messy office.

Nobody knows I: Then it wouldn’t be a secret.

The person I most admire is: My parents.

I drive a: Subaru and a bike.

I’d like to be driving a: Subaru and a bike

My favorite restaurant is: GreenHouse

I’m happiest when: I am with the people I care about.

I regret: some of my younger, wilder years.

If I won the lottery, here’s what I’d do just for me: travel around the world.

If I could change one thing about Denton, it would be: more bike lanes.

When I retire, I plan to: I’ll probably never retire.

Community activities: Member of the Texas State Employees Union, voting delegate representing the University of North Texas at the Texas State Employees Union General Assembly (TSEU), North Texas Committee member for the Committee on Political Education PAC and member of the TSEU University Caucus.