Washington Post Publisher and CEO Frederick J. Ryan Jr., a USC alumnus, was elected Wednesday to the university’s Board of Trustees.
“Fred Ryan is an extraordinary media entrepreneur, political adviser and public servant, having distinguished himself in both the White House and in the communications world,” said USC President C. L. Max Nikias.
“In recent decades, Mr. Ryan has drawn tremendous admiration for boldly redefining the role of media and for re-imagining political journalism. His vast experience and exceptional vision will certainly benefit our board in profound ways.”
Ryan — a former Ronald Reagan administration official — was selected to lead the Washington Post by owner Jeff Bezos in 2014.
In 2007, he co-founded Politico, the politics and policy news outlet. Under his leadership as CEO, Politico won multiple awards, including a Pulitzer Prize.
Ryan credits USC faculty for inspiring his career path.
In a recent interview with USC Dornsife Magazine, Ryan said his professors gave him the “substance and theories of politics as well as real insight into the day-to-day engagement of what political campaigns or political process were all about.”
Prior to joining the Washington Post, Ryan was president and COO of Allbritton Communications Co., overseeing its broadcast and cable television stations.
Ryan spent several years as a top aide to President Ronald Reagan prior to joining the media industry. He was one of the youngest people to serve as a senior staff member in the White House from 1982-89.
Ryan later served as chief of staff to Reagan during his post- presidential years in California, acting as his personal representative during meetings with heads of state and international business leaders.
—City News Service