Dr. Cynthia E. Ryder holds an Ed.D. in physical education from the University of Georgia with minors in research design/statistics and educational philosophy, a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia Southern University with a specialization in Human Resource Management, a Master of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Wheaton College in Illinois. She has thirty-five years of experience in academic and athletic administration in higher education and has an outstanding record in publications and speaking at professional conferences. Dr. Ryder is currently serving as a Professor of Business and Sport Management at Waldorf University in Forest City, Iowa. She recently served as the Dean of Assessment and Chair of Organizational Leadership at Columbia Southern University. She previously served as the Vice Provost for Mayes University. She previously served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs and a Vice President for Institutional Research and Student Services at the United States Sports Academy. She also held positions as the Associate Director of Athletics at West Chester University and the Director of Women's Athletics at Eastern University. She has previously taught at the University of North Texas, Miami University (Ohio) and Furman University.
Dr. Ryder has traveled extensively in Asia and the Caribbean. Dr. Ryder is an international business expert. Dr. Cynthia E. Ryder was selected by the International Best Practice Network to lead a 4-day seminar on "The Business of Sport Agents" at the Manpower Centre in Kingston, Jamaica. This seminar was held on February 11th to 14th, 2010. Dr. Ryder was selected as a program speaker for the 2008 International Sports Knowledge Development Conference from May 20-24, 2008 on the Aletheia University Matou Campus, in Tainan, Taiwan. The conference focused on subjects that include physical education and training, water sports and leisure management, sports industry management, and sports information communication. There were academicians and sport professionals from the United States, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Macao, and China on the program to discuss these topics. The title of Dr. Ryder's speech was: "The Status of Professional Sport Management in the United States." Dr. Ryder has taught undergraduate courses in Business Communication and Business Law and graduate courses in Business Ethics, Organizational Research and Theory, Strategic Management and Business Policy, and Human Resource Management Methods courses during two-week teaching assignments for Columbia Southern University in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in December, 2008, June, 2010, and June 2011.