Ryan serves as Executive Director of the Institute for Global Engagement, which is comprised of the Education Abroad office, International Student and Scholar Services, and the International Studies Minor and is responsible for comprehensive internationalization of the Western Washington University community. Ryan’s international journey began with living in Japan as a child. He later studied abroad at a university for a year in Central America as an undergraduate, and he worked at a university in Spain. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs, a Master of Public Administration degree, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Language and Literature and in International Affairs. His research interests include international education policy and public diplomacy. His currently serves on CIEE’s Academic Consortium Board and as a NAFSA Academy Coach for NAFSA Region 1. His past service includes being Treasurer and Chair of NAFSA Region 12 and Chair of NAFSA’s Regional Affairs Committee. Ryan was awarded a International Education Administrator Fulbright to Japan, and he has presented at numerous conferences.

  • Comprehensive internationalization strategy and policy for Western
  • International education risk management
  • Fulbright Scholar Program Liaison for Western faculty
  • Fulbright Program Advisor for Western graduate students
  • International partner university relationship and agreement management
  • Budget, finance, and fundraising management