Ryan Gallagher '00
Ryan Gallagher’s family is a University of Redlands clan.
His father and mother went there. So did his brother. When the time came for him to choose a university, he also chose Redlands. Twice.
“Not going to college was never an option,” said Gallagher, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2000. Today, he is enrolled in the Masters of Arts in Management program.
His ties to the campus go beyond immediate family, all of whom are deeply rooted in the community. Friends, colleagues, former classmates and professors, and business associates make up a vast network of contacts established through his ties to the University of Redlands.
“Having a degree from the University of Redlands generates much respect from my peers and employers,” said Gallagher, who works as a firefighter/paramedic with the City of Redlands Fire Department and also co-owns the family business, Gallagher Engraving. “The knowledge, relationships with students and staff, and pride that extend from my alum status are life-long. The University of Redlands gave me the tools and building blocks to move my career in multiple directions.”
His schedule as a firefighter gives him the flexibility he needs to juggle his work for the department, his studies, the family business, and his obligations as the father of a young son. “I don’t sleep much,” Gallagher said. “But that’s how I was raised. My grandpa used to tell me, ‘You work like heck to get a job and work even harder to keep it.”
Gallagher hopes to apply his graduate degree in management to his role within the Fire Department, assisting in organizational changes that will take it into the future. Beyond that, he said, the skills learned in the MAM program will help him on a personal level, and that will translate into success in whatever business venture he pursues.
“One of the first things they have you do in the program is to take a 360-degree assessment of yourself. You need to get 10 to 12 people who know you to do an anonymous assessment of your weaknesses and strengths.
“This assessment is very valuable,” he said. “In order to be an effective manager, you need to be an effective manager of yourself.”