Assistant Dean of HPLS
Maritza Ryder, assistant dean in the School of Human Performance and Leisure Sciences since 2004, has been employed at Barry for over 21 years and is a native resident of South Florida.
Since the fall semester of 2005, she has overseen the academic support services for Barry University student-athletes which includes academic progress tracking, coordination of support resources, and advising. During this period student-athletes have accomplished many records in academic achievement. The Buccaneers set records in the fall of 2012 as, for the first time in program history, all 12 sports acheived term grade point averages of 3.0 or better. In addition, 74.3 percent of all student-athletes had a term GPA of 3.0 or higher, the third consecutive term the department record has been broken. They also set a record for cumulative GPA as 74.3 percent of all student-athletes ecilpsed the mark.
The percentage of all student-athletes with cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or higher increased from 47.9 percent in the Spring, 2005 semester to 74.3 percent in the Fall, 2012 term. Barry University federal graduation rate of student-athletes increased from 46 percent to 64 perecnt, while university non-student athlete rate averaged 36 percent. Barry University student-athlete academic success rate increased from 80 percent to 85 percent.
Ryder directs all operations of athletic academic services and is the academic liaison to campus offices and departments.
A graduate of Miami Dade College with an associates degree, she earned her bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies with a Humanities concentration and master of science degree in higher education administration from Barry University and graduated with honors as a member of Alpha Chi. She is currently completing coursework at Barry for a docorate in education and leadership.
In addition to her work in the School of HPLS, she also holds positions and serves as member in a number of university committees and is involved in university initiatives and community.