OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

OSU president elected to two NCAA posts

10/29/2009

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Ed Ray, president of Oregon State University, has been elected chair of the NCAA Executive Committee, the organization announced today. Ray was formerly chair of the NCAA Executive Committee Finance Committee and NCAA Executive Committee Finance Committee Investment Subcommittee. 

In his new role, it was also announced today, Ray will serve as chair of the search committee for a new NCAA president to replace late Myles Brand, who passed away last month. Ray’s colleagues on the committee include:

  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln President Harvey Perlman, who will become chair of the Division I Board of Directors in April;
  • Weber State University President Ann Milner, chair of the Presidents Advisory Group;
  • Molloy College President Drew Bogner, who will become chair of the Division II Presidents Council in January;
  • Widener University President Jim Harris, who will assume chair of the Division III Presidents Council in January;
  • and Hampton University President Bill Harvey, Executive Committee member.

“This is an honor for President Ray and affirmation of his leadership in higher education and intercollegiate athletics,” OSU Intercollegiate Athletics Director Bob DeCarolis said. “I am confident in his leadership of the association, and also know that he had a personal relationship with Myles Brand and will mindfully guide the process of finding a new president.”

President of Oregon State University since 2003, Ray was executive vice president and provost at The Ohio State University and a member of the economics faculty, serving as chair of the economics department from 1976-92. He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Queens College (New York) and his master’s in economics from Stanford University in 1969. He received his doctorate in economics from Stanford in June 1971.

High- and low-resolution versions of a photo of Ed Ray can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonstateuniversity/3641687308/. Video footage is also available upon request to OSU News & Communication Services at 541-737-0790.

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