Ryan Craig is the Managing Director of University Ventures, a leading investment firm focused exclusively on the global higher education sector. Prior to University Ventures, Ryan founded and built Wellspring, the largest and leading organization of treatment programs for overweight and obese children, adolescents and young adults, including boarding schools, summer camps and after-school programs. Ryan headed the Education & Training sector at Warburg Pincus from 2001 – 2004 where he was the founding Director of Bridgepoint Education (NYSE: BPI), one of the largest online universities in the U.S. Ryan has advised the U.S. Department of Education and served as VP Strategic Development for Fathom, the Columbia University online education company, from 1999 – 2001.
Ryan began his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. He received bachelor’s degrees in Literature and Economics summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University, and his law degree from the Yale Law School. Ryan leads the firm’s investments in Revature, Credly, Portfolium, ProSky and ReUp Education. Ryan is the author of College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education, published by Palgrave Macmillan in March 2015 as well as many articles published in a range of higher education, technology and general interest publications. He is on the Advisory Boards of Credential Engine, the National Center for Opportunity Engineering & Analysis, and UCLA Extension.