M. Anthony Burns, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ryder Systems Inc., a Fortune 500 company, has been selected by Ricks College officials as business leader of the century.

He will be honored during a March 21 banquet at the college when he will be the keynote speaker. Burns also will participate in a symposium that day with seven other business leaders.When Burns was elected president of Ryder System in 1979, the company had revenue of $1.2 billion and assets of $1.5 billion, which has grown to $5 billion in revenue and assets of more than $6 billion in 1988. Ryder is the parent of a group of companies that provide highway transportation, aviation and insurance management services.