Andrew J. Ryan, a longtime senior information technology manager and Air Force veteran, has been selected as the new executive director of Information Technology Services and chief information officer at Centre College. He begins June 15.
Ryan’s 32-year career in the United States Air Force included 25 years as an officer. He served throughout the United States and across the globe, with commissions in 10 states and five countries, including California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Oklahoma and Texas, as well as England, Japan, South Korea and Turkey. His international outlook is also informed by the eight years he spent as a child in his father’s hometown of Limerick, Ireland.
Most recently, Ryan has been military deputy for the Defense Information Systems Agency operations center at Fort George Mead in Maryland. His appointment included leadership and management oversight to more than 3,700 military, government and contract personnel in 19 divisions located at 52 installations worldwide, funded by a $3.7 billion annual budget.
Before that, Ryan served as deputy chief for the Cyber Operations Division, as deputy group commander for the 5th Combat Communications Group, and as CEO and commander of the 51st Communications Squadron and the 31st Combat Communications Squadron. He also oversaw portal and applications development for the U.S. Special Operations Command.
Ryan will report to Stephanie Fabritius, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College.
Noting Ryan’s broad background in everything from telecommunications to air traffic control and defense data centers, Fabritius said the search committee especially valued that during his long, successful career, Ryan has managed and led large and enterprise-level cyber, IT and support organizations.
“While his previous work has been in a military setting, we were impressed with his ability to be nimble in very successfully assuming directorship of a wide range of different multidisciplinary groups both in the United States and abroad,” she said. “We know that his work at Centre College will be equally successful.”
Several things attracted Ryan to this new opportunity, not the least of which was the sense of community he said he found during his campus interview, along with a universal commitment to the College’s mission.
“I also liked that Centre embraces tradition,” he said, “while at the same time is always looking for new ways to improve the learning environment.”
Ryan added that he’s looking forward to settling in with the staff and meeting with faculty to see what ideas they have to enhance IT support to the students.
“Each incoming class will bring new expectations for IT,” he observed, “that will naturally open up new challenges and opportunities.”
A graduate of Park University in Parksville, Missouri, where he majored in computer science, Ryan later earned a master’s degree in management information systems at Bowie State University in Maryland. His professional training incudes a Senior Air Force Cyber Course at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi, and an executive leadership program at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.
Ryan’s wife, Karen, a native of Limerick, Ireland, will join him in Danville.
by Michael Strysick
May 24, 2017