Since 2004, Dr. Spittal has served Olivet in several areas, using his knowledge and expertise to help grow University programs. From 2004 to 2006, he taught nontraditional students majoring in business. Then, he directed that program for one year before becoming the dean of the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Today, he is a member of the President's Cabinet and leads all graduate and continuing education programs.
“The mission of Olivet Nazarene University has shaped my spiritual, professional, and personal life,” Dr. Spittal says. “It is an honor to serve at Olivet in ways that expands the influence of this mission in the lives of others. Each day, I get to work with an incredible team that dream of new ways to reach new audiences that can share in the faith impacting work of Olivet.”
During his leadership tenure with Olivet's School of Graduate and Continuing Studies (SGCS), he has led several initiatives:
- ONU Global, a program that oversees the SGCS and administers non-traditional learning
- Creation of online programming at Olivet, now providing fully online programming in 49 states
- Expansion of regional centers in Oak Brook, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Grand Rapids, Michigan
- An unprecedented partnership with the Chicago Cubs that makes Olivet the official education partners with the Cubs organization and brings Olivet alumnus and second baseman Ben Zobrist on board as the University ambassador
- The agreement with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to serve as a University spokesperson for the Indianapolis Regional Center
Dr. Spittal has also worked as a certified public accountant in the area of audit and tax for Payne, Gray, Groskreutz and Schmidt, CPAs; and as a senior international tax accountant for Arthur Andersen/Deloitte and Touche, Chicago. He has been a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois since 2002. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois Certified Public Accountants Society.
He is active in his community, having served on the board of directors for Presence St. Mary’s Hospital, Kankakee; as chair of Presence St. Mary’s Mission Committee; and as a member of Presence St. Mary’s Strategic Planning Committee and Finance Committee and the United Way Finance Committee. He currently serves on the board of directors of Shepherd Community Center in Indianapolis. Ryan is a member of GatheringPoint Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais, Illinois.
Dr. Spittal’s roots run deep at Olivet. His grandfather, Ralph Perry, was the first director of the graduate school, back in 1959. He also credits Olivet as the place where he met his wife, discovered his professional interests and sharpened his spiritual life.
He and his wife, Jennifer (Fischer) ’97/’01 M.A.E., are the parents of three children: Jack, Kate and Quinn.
Ephesians 3:20–21 is an important passage for Dr. Spittal: “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.”
“I have spent my entire life believing in these verses,” he says. “I believe that my journey and contribution to the kingdom of God are not my own but His. I believe that our work is something more than for my own glory, but all aspects of my life point to His power that is at work within me. In all, my journey is not mine but His.”