USM Foundation

USM Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

University of Southern Maine Foundation


In January, the USM Foundation welcomed two new members to the Board of Directors. Each brings an extraordinary level of experience and commitment to USM and its students, and will help the Foundation do even more to facilitate transformation at the University of Southern Maine. The new board members are John Ryan, President of Wright-Ryan Construction and Tim Griffin ’05 ’12, Portfolio Manager at H.M. Payson.  

 John Ryan, PE

President, Wright-Ryan Construction Inc.

John Ryan is president of Wright-Ryan Construction, a firm he co- founded in Portland in 1984. Known for the diversity of its work spanning the range of some of Maine’s largest institutions to small businesses and single family homes, Wright-Ryan has grown into one of the largest and most respected construction firms in northern New England. The Company takes particular pride in the work it has done in service of the missions of dozens of nonprofit institutions. John has actively supported a number of community organizations including serving as board chair at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, board treasurer for Greater Portland Landmarks, and as an advisory board member for The Opportunity Alliance. He has worked on affordable housing issues for many years at the state and local levels, including serving on the board of Community Housing of Maine and as a member of the City of Portland Task Force to Develop a Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. At USM, John Ryan has been a key supporter of the Promise Scholarship program.

Tim Griffin ’05, ’12 MBA

Portfolio Manager, H.M. Payson

Tim Griffin is a Portfolio Manager at H.M. Payson. Having served on the Finance Committee of the USMF, he has also previously served as the Chair of the Planned Giving Advisory Committee.. He has been with

H.M. Payson since 2007, Tim is a a double USM graduate; he earned his BA in 2005, and then earned an M.B.A. in 2012. In addition to his work with USMF, Tim serves on Mercy Hospital’s Finance Committee, is a board member for the Cancer Community Center, and a member of the Steering Committee for the United Way’s Brick & Beam Society as well as a facilitator with the Center for Grieving Children.