John R. Ryan
|Birth name||John Roy Ryan|
|Born||August 15, 1945|
|Service/||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1963-2002|
|Commands held||United States Naval Academy|
Patrol Wing 10
Patrol Squadron 31
Patrol Squadron 11
|Awards||Navy Distinguished Service Medal|
Defense Superior Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (3)
Meritorious Service Medal (3)
Navy Commendation Medal (3)
|Other work||President, State University of New York Maritime College (2002-06)|
Chancellor, State University of New York (2006-07)
President and CEO, Center for Creative Leadership (2007-present)
John R. Ryan (born August 15, 1945) is a retired United States Navy vice admiral who served as the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy and as the Chancellor of the State University of New York. He is currently the CEO and President of Center for Creative Leadership, a non-profit organization focusing on leadership education and research.
A native of Mountainhome, Pennsylvania, Ryan graduated from the United States Naval Academy in June 1967 with his twin brother, Vice Admiral Norbert Ryan Jr.. After designation as a naval aviator, his initial assignment was to Patrol Squadron 8. From 1972 to 1975, he was assigned to the Candidate Guidance Office at the Naval Academy. He then served two years aboard the USS Nimitz as Assistant Navigator followed by a department head tour in Patrol Squadron 26.
Ryan received a Master of Science Degree in Administration from George Washington University, Washington D.C. in 1975. He has also completed the program for Senior Executives in National and International Security at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Prior to the selection for flag rank, Ryan commanded Patrol Squadron 11, Patrol Squadron 31, and Patrol Wing 10. Other Shore assignments included the Strategic Concepts Group in the Office of Chief of Naval Operations, Military Assistant to the Executive Secretary in the immediate office of the Secretary of Defense, Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air Warfare), and Executive Assistant to the Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Command.
In March 1991, he was promoted to rear admiral and served as the Director, Logistics and Security Assistance (J4) for the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command. In August 1993, Ryan assumed his duties as Commander, Patrol Wings, U.S. Pacific Fleet/Commander, Anti-Submarine Warfare Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Ryan served as the United States Naval Academy's Superintendent for four years before retiring. He assumed his duties as the 32nd President of the State University of New York Maritime College on June 14, 2002.
On March 7, 2007, Ryan announced that he would step down as Chancellor on May 31, 2007 to become the president and CEO of the Center for Creative Leadership headquartered in Greensboro, N.C.
Ryan is married to the Diane L. Ryan (née Ackerman) of Bangor, Pennsylvania. They have three adult daughters: Tricia, Kelly, and Julie.
Ryan has served as a director of Cablevision Systems Corporation since 2002 and currently serves as Chairman of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation Board. In 2012, Ryan received $247,508 in cash and stock for his services as a Cablevision director.
Charles R. Larson
| Superintendent of United States Naval Academy
Richard J. Naughton
David C. Brown
| President of the State University of New York Maritime College
John W. Craine Jr.
Carlos E. Santiago (Officer in Charge)
| Interim President of the University at Albany, SUNY
Kermit L. Hall
Robert L. King
| Chancellor of the State University of New York
June - December 2005 (Acting)
John B. Clark (Acting)