Ryan Shell

Success Coach


Ryan graduated from Eastern Michigan University, with an Individualized Studies Program degree after his own journey of leaving school for a few years. Upon completion of his Bachelor’s, Ryan started a Master’s Program in Higher Education, which led to a Full-Time Academic Advising Position in the College of Health and Human Services.

After 3 years as an Academic Advisor at Eastern Michigan University, he joined the Graduate Nursing Academic Advising team at the University of Michigan for 5 years. Through his educational and career journey (8 years as an Academic Advisor), Ryan has developed a passion for working with students returning to learn, and understanding what it is like to return to higher education after facing different challenges and the support it takes to successfully earn their degree.

Ryan currently lives in Michigan, with his partner (Ilana) and their two Portuguese Water Dogs (Rio and Lago). He participates in Agility with both dogs. Ryan is also a big sports fan, both college and professional, and roots for the Tigers, Red Wings, and Lions.