School of Science and Math receives largest gift

Donation will fund artificial intelligence and machine learning program

DURHAM —- The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics announced today the launch of The Ryden Program for Innovation and Leadership in Artificial Intelligence, made possible by a two million-dollar gift from alumnus Carl Ryden.

The school says the program will put NCSSM at the leading-edge of public schools in America when it comes to AI education. The Ryden Program’s goal is to educate the leaders of the future about AI so they understand the technology’s merits and the ethical considerations it raises. The Ryden program will place a strong emphasis on ensuring students understand how to merge humanity with machine learning and how to use AI to solve complex, macro problems affecting society.


Ryden, a 1989 graduate of NCSSM, credits the school with changing the trajectory of his life and views it as an “equity partner in his future.” Through this gift, Ryden is creating unprecedented access to an AI curriculum —- a highly unusual occurrence in a public high school setting.

Ryden is CEO of PrecisionLender which provides applied banking insights to commercial bankers, enabling them to make real-time pricing decisions.