Ryves was elected Warden (head) of New College, Oxford, in 1599, a post he held until 1613. During his time as Warden of New College, he was also Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University from 1601 until 1602.
Ryves was involved in the translation of the King James Version. Gustavus Paine notes that a letter from Thomas Bilson to Thomas Lake refers to Ryves as "one of the overseers of that part of the New Testament that is being translated out of Greek."
- Salter, H. E.; Lobel, Mary D., eds. (1954). "New College". A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 3: The University of Oxford. Victoria County History. pp. 144–162. Retrieved July 17, 2011.
- "Previous Vice-Chancellors". University of Oxford, UK. Retrieved July 17, 2011.
- University of Oxford (1888). "Vice-Chancellors". The Historical Register of the University of Oxford. Oxford: Clarendon Press. pp. 21–27. Retrieved July 24, 2011.
- Paine, Gustavus S (1977). The Men Behind the King James Version. Baker. p. 72.
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