Today, April 12, David J. Ryder became the 39th director of the United States Mint. Mr. Ryder took the oath of office in a swearing-in ceremony conducted by Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin at the Main Treasury Building in Washington, D.C. The position had been officially vacant since Edmund C. Moy left it in January 2011.
Ryder also led the U.S. Mint as its 34th director from September 1992 to November 1993 during the administration of President George H.W. Bush.
He previously held the position of Global Business Development Manager and Managing Director of Currency for Honeywell Authentication Technologies. Ryder also served as CEO of Secure Products Corporation, which Honeywell acquired in 2007. In addition to his time at the Mint, Ryder’s prior government service includes appointments as Deputy Treasurer of the United States, Assistant to the Vice President, and Deputy Chief of Staff to Vice President Dan Quayle.
President Trump initially nominated Ryder for the job on Oct. 3. His nomination hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs followed on Oct. 24. However, the full Senate failed to vote on Ryder’s nomination before the end of 2017. By Senate rules, the process had to start over. Trump re-nominated him on Jan. 8. The Senate confirmed Ryder as the 39th director on March 21.
As director, Ryder will lead an organization of almost 1,700 people who are employed with responsibilities ranging from securing the assets entrusted to the Mint, to the design, manufacturing, and distribution of circulating, precious metal and collectible coins, and national medals. The Mint operates six facilities across the United States: Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; production facilities in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Denver, and West Point; and the U.S. Bullion Depository at Fort Knox.
Ryder was born in Billings, Montana and raised in Boise, Idaho. He attended Boise State University and is married with two children.
U.S. Mint directors serve five-year terms.