As CEO of the RW Jones Agency, Sean is our senior strategic counselor. One of the country’s foremost thought leaders on higher education, his views have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, CBS This Morning, Inside Higher Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education and many more outlets. During his two-decade career, he has played an integral role in counseling clients and helping them to implement full-scale strategic plans, revamp communications and marketing programs, establish distinctive reputations and manage complex community and legal issues.
With a lifelong passion for education, Sean works closely with presidents and executive leaders to think strategically about their institutions and their role in both shaping their institutional narratives and contributing to the public discourse in a meaningful way.
Since Sean’s arrival as CEO in 2016, RW Jones has transformed into a leading strategic consulting firm focused exclusively on education. Along with Managing Partner Scott Willyerd, Sean has grown RW Jones from a small boutique agency into a full-service strategic consulting firm with nationally recognized experts in the fields of research, strategy, communications, reputation, branding, marketing and digital.
Sean received his bachelor’s in politics and history from Occidental College and his master’s in public relations from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication.
When not advising clients on communication opportunities and challenges, Sean enjoys spending time with his wife, Michelle; their son, Ryker; their daughters, Teagan, Harper and Sloane; and their dog, Winston, in Pasadena, California.