Ryan Piurek

Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs & Presidential Communications

Phone:
812-855-5393
Email:
rpiurek@iu.edu
Bryan Hall
107 S. Indiana Avenue

Bloomington, IN 47405

Biography

As assistant vice president, Ryan leads public affairs intiaitives in support of Indiana University’s major institutional priorities and manages a broad range of communications activities to advance the goals and objectives of the IU Office of the President.

He previously served as director of strategic communications at IU Bloomington, where he led a team of news and internal communications specialists who coordinate media coverage of the university and share important IU news, feature stories and messages with internal and external audiences. An IU alumnus, Ryan has helped coordinate presidential communications at the university since 2007.

Ryan joined IU’s central communications office as a news and media relations specialist working to promote and publicize the arts and humanities at IU. Before arriving at university in 2002, he worked as a copywriter for Indiana-based marketing agency Hirons & Company, a media relations specialist for a sports-centered public relations firm in Connecticut, a freelance news reporter and an intern in the speechwriting office of President Bill Clinton.

A New England native transplanted to Hoosier Nation, Ryan has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree from IU in journalism. Though he can’t claim any on-court involvement, he’s still proud to share that his alma maters boast nine NCAA basketball championships between them!

When he’s not at work, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife, Jennifer, his two children, Xander and Veronica, and his dog, Bruce, the real “boss” of the household. He’s an avid Springsteen and Dylan follower who also enjoys reading about politics, following his favorite New York sports teams, running, playing basketball, watching TV and movies, and keeping up with the Kardashians, Bill Murray, Wes Anderson, Survivor, the Bachelor and all of his other pop-culture obsessions. He occasionally comments on these important topics from his Twitter account, which has slightly fewer followers than Gosling, Reynolds and other far more renowned Ryans.

I love meeting so many fascinating people as part of my job, including faculty, staff, and students who are doing such amazing work.

Quirks

  • IU Alum
  • Music Lover
  • Nerd
  • News Junkie
  • Sports Fan
  • Theatergoer