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Edward John Ray Named OSU President
Announcement made this afternoon in an open meeting at OSU

CORVALLIS, Oregon, June 5 - The Ohio State University Executive Vice President and Provost has been appointed the new president of Oregon State University.

The Oregon State Board of Higher Education (the "Board") today approved the appointment of Dr. Edward John Ray, currently Professor of Economics and Executive Vice President and Provost of The Ohio State University, as OSU president, effective September 1, at an annual salary of $295,000, $205,000 of which is state funds.

Dr. Ray succeeds Dr. Timothy White, who has been serving as interim president since the departure of Paul Risser, who became chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education in early January. White will return to his position as provost and executive vice president of OSU.

"Choosing Dr. Ray was done with much care and consideration, and reflects the voices of the faculty, staff, students, and all members of the OSU community who attended the various forums and shared their opinions with the Board," said Kerry Barnett, chair of the search committee and a member of the Board. "We were very fortunate to have had such a rich pool of final candidates, and appreciate all of their time and efforts in meeting with our campus communities."

Richard Jarvis, chancellor of the Oregon University System, said, "Dr. Ray sees the collective community's vision for OSU. He has the right skills to take OSU through this type of budget environment and into a future of new possibilities," added Jarvis. "He understands the unique mission of the state's Land, Sea and Space Grant University and is strongly committed to its future and role in Oregon."

"Dr. Ray has the expertise to help OSU make contributions to Oregon's economic recovery, both in the high tech areas and in the state's natural resource industries," said Jim Lussier, chair of the Board. "He also understands that the core of university programs are OSU's special areas of strength: its highly rated engineering, agriculture and forestry programs, as well as its solid liberal arts programs."

Dr. Ray has been a member of the Economics faculty at The Ohio State University since 1970, and is currently Professor of Economics and Executive Vice President and Provost. He served as Department Chairperson from 1976 to 1992, and received the University Distinguished Chairperson Award in 1989. Ray served as an Associate Provost from May 1992 until May 1993, Senior Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer from 1993-1998, and Acting and then Interim Senior Vice President and Provost between December 1997 and December 1998. 

Ray's research interests include the history of protectionism in the U.S., the role of financial reform in economic development, and foreign direct investment in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Ray has been published in numerous leading economics journals, including The American Economic Review, The Journal of Political Economy, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Ray has also published chapters in an extensive list of books, and has had research support from the U.S. Departments of Labor and Commerce, U.S.A.I.D. and the Office of Technology Assessment, among other agencies. 

Ray currently serves on the Ohio Inter-University Council of Provosts, the Consortium for Institutional Cooperation, and the John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy Board of Directors.

Ray received his B.A. degree in Mathematics from Queens College (CUNY) in 1966, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from Stanford University in 1969 and 1971, respectively. Born in Jackson Heights, New York, Dr. Ray currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife Beth. He has three children and two grandchildren. 

"I am extremely energized and excited about joining the OSU community and helping the university continue to fulfill its important mission in serving the higher education needs of Oregonians," said Dr. Ray following the Thursday afternoon announcement. "Throughout this process, I have been very impressed with the faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members. The faculty's dedication to their academic areas, concern for students, and love of Oregon State was very apparent. My wife and I look forward to moving on campus and becoming part of the Corvallis community."

Oregon University System (OUS) comprises seven distinguished public universities, reaching more than one million people each year through on-campus classes, statewide public services and lifelong learning. The Oregon State Board of Higher Education, the statutory governing board of OUS, is composed of eleven members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon State Senate. For additional information, go to

Note to Editors: Downloadable photo of Dr. Edward Ray is available at 





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