An Authority and Trainer in Promoting Positive Human Relations, Leadership Development, and School Improvement


Dr. Ryan Donlan’s passion is helping leaders, teams, and organizations in all sectors toward professional and personal success. He served as a leader for twenty years in K-12 education, most of that time as a Superintendent, Director, and Principal in both traditional and charter schools and school districts.  He now leverages his leadership expertise in helping others lead with excellence.

Dr. Donlan is currently a Professor at Indiana State University's Department of Educational Leadership in the Bayh College of Education and is an affiliate faculty member in the Scott College of Business.  He has taught for a number of years at the college and university level and provides confidential educational program reviews, as well as training and professional development for educators.  His scholarship includes leadership development, school reimagination, and organizational wellness; he has written numerous articles and technical reports, as well as long list of “short-reads,” and has made international, national, state, and local presentations on his work and scholarship.

Dr. Donlan is also a certified Process Communication Model® PCM Master Trainer and Consultant.  He presents and trains internationally on Process Model applications.

Once a frequent skydiver, Dr. Donlan today enjoys other pursuits, such as public speaking, barbecuing, landscaping, and with his wife, Wendy, raising a family. He has written or co-written articles and books, including All Other Duties as Assigned: The Assistant Principal's Critical Role in Supporting Schools Inside and Out; The School Board Member's Guidebook: Becoming a Difference Maker for Your District; The Hero Maker: How Superintendents Can Get Their School Boards to Do the Right Thing; The Secret Solution: How One Principal Discovered the Path to Success; and Minds Unleashed: How Principals Can Lead the Right Brained Way, with its companion website and video series at  Visit his Assistant Principal blog at:

You can follow Dr. Donlan on Twitter at www.twitter/ryandonlan (@RyanDonlan) or contact him here.