Center for Creative Leadership Names President

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<p><strong>Greensboro, N.C. &mdash; March 7</strong><br />The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) announces the appointment of John R. Ryan as its new president and chief executive officer.<br /><br />Ryan is chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY), the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States. </p><p>He also has served on CCL&rsquo;s board of governors since 2002. He will begin his new role at CCL this summer, although his exact start date is still being determined. <br /><br />A retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral, Ryan replaces John R. Alexander, who has served as CCL&rsquo;s president since 1997 and last year announced his plans to retire after leading CCL to unprecedented global growth and operating revenues which reached $79 million last fiscal year. <br /><br />Before becoming chancellor of SUNY in 2005, Ryan served as president of the State University of New York Maritime College and as interim president of the University at Albany. </p><p>From 1998 to 2002, he was superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, where his focus on academics and fund-raising won widespread praise. </p><p>A former pilot, Ryan commanded squadrons in Asia, Europe and the Middle East during a 35-year career in the military.<br /><br />&ldquo;Our search for a new CEO yielded a number of excellent candidates,&rdquo; said Ingar Skaug, a Norwegian shipping company executive and chairman of CCL&rsquo;s board of governors. &ldquo;Among those, John stood out for his dynamic leadership skills, his extraordinary work on behalf of educational institutions and his strong commitment to CCL.&rdquo;<br /><br />Ryan is a 1967 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and earned a master&rsquo;s degree in administration from George Washington University. </p><p>He also completed the program for senior executives in national and international security at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. </p><p>He is a graduate of the center&rsquo;s Leadership at the Peak program for senior executives. A native of Mountainhome, Pa., Ryan and his wife, Diane, have three grown daughters and four grandchildren.<br /><br />&ldquo;Through my service on CCL&rsquo;s board of governors, I&rsquo;ve witnessed firsthand the tremendous impact that we have on leaders and organizations throughout the world in every type of sector,&rdquo; Ryan said. &ldquo;This institution has a long history of groundbreaking work in leadership education and research. </p><p>&quot;I look forward to the challenge and privilege of serving as its sixth president.&rdquo;</p>

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