Ryan Bowles has been a member of the St. Olaf Title IX Team since joining the staff of the college in September 2015. As the college’s athletic director he oversees the varsity athletic program that consists of 27 teams (14 men, 13 women) and 700 student athletes. In his first year he evaluated the athletic department’s Title IX compliance and made recommended changes through the budgeting and staffing process. Additionally, Ryan served on the Title IX Working Group that conducted a comprehensive review of the college's Title IX practices in 2016.

Prior to his employment at St. Olaf, Ryan spent 12 years at the University of Maryland, College Park, serving as an associate athletic director. Ryan has a B.A.in communications and an M.S. in exercise science and physical education from McDaniel College.