Rich Ryan


I love the energy you feel when you step on campus, especially in the music department. I was inspired to give to NIU when I saw the difference other donors were making. I thought, 'Maybe I could be one of those people, too.'

Even though I’m not an alumnus, I’ve been closely involved with NIU for many years.

When I heard that the Vermeer Quartet was retiring, I saw an opportunity to give back to a community that has given me a great deal of enjoyment. The Avalon will continue the outstanding quality of music education at NIU, and I believe, will attract some of the best string players in the world.

Investing in the success of NIU students will reap huge dividends. And, for me, investing in the arts is also a way to support the community, which has been positively impacted by the music and theater programs at NIU.”