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J. Hugh Ryan III

Executive Director

T: 803-734-1343
F: 803-734-1345
1330 Lady Street, Suite 401
Columbia, SC  29201
Richland County


  • SC Bar, 1998


  • Wofford College BA in Political, Economy and Philosophy, 1993 (Magna Cum Laude)
  • University of SC School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1998

Hugh Ryan is currently a resident of the Irmo area. He is a 1993 magna cum laude graduate of Wofford College and a 1998 graduate of the University of SC School of Law.

Upon graduation from law school Mr. Ryan clerked for the Honorable M. Duane Shuler before joining the Sumter law firm of Lee, Erter, Wilson, James, Holler and Smith. During his tenure there he also served as an Assistant Public Defender for Sumter County. He also served as an Assistant Solicitor for the Third Judicial Circuit. Hugh joined the staff of SCCID as Deputy Director and General Counsel in July 2007 later becoming the Executive Director in 2017.

Hugh served as an officer in the US Army from 1993-2020, first serving as Field Artillery Officer then transferring to the JAG Corps upon completion of law school. Hugh retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with his final assignment the 12th Legal Support Detachment at Ft. Jackson, SC.

He is the father of two children, Hugh IV, and Kristin, and a golden retriever, Maddie. He is a member of Riverland Hills Baptist Church.