Achievements
  • Michigan State University - Bachelor of Arts/Film Studies

Ryan Cole, Communications Director

What is your favorite hobby or thing to do with your personal time?

I’m an avid film photographer.  I enjoy using vintage and antique camera equipment, which are often beautiful works of art in their own right.

What is something about you that would surprise people that already know you?

I formerly practiced the Korean martial art Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan.  Even more surprising, I wasn’t that bad at it and attained the level of 1st degree black belt!

If you could have dinner with somebody famous, living or dead, who would it be and why?

I would gladly share a multi-course meal with Orson Welles.  Not only was he a brilliant filmmaker and actor, but he led an adventurous, full life from his childhood until his death, and I’d love to hear his stories.  I would, of course, let Orson Welles pick the restaurant.

How do you define “exceptional”?

I define “exceptional” as being driven to achieve.  Constantly wrestling with one’s own limitations in order to accomplish tasks or understand ideas previously inconceivable.