Established in 2004, the Charles E. Carpenter Lecture and Conference Endowment supports advances professional development for community college leaders. Held each spring on the Oregon State University campus, the Carpenter Lecture features a nationally known speaker on a topic of importance to community colleges. In addition to current students in the community college leadership doctoral program, attendees include northwest community college leaders and members of the OSU community. Moving into its ninth year, the Carpenter Event has become a premier professional development event for community college leaders and has significantly advanced Oregon State University’s work in community college leadership.
President Edward J. Ray is nearing the completion of his 11th year at Oregon State University. Always mindful of OSU’s commitment to the people of Oregon, Dr. Ray has been a strong advocate for increased state funding and accountability in reaching Oregon’s ambitious 40-40-20 goal by 2025. Under his leadership, Oregon State has a plan to support this goal through creative solutions and key partnerships. Additionally, President Ray has overseen the expansion of dual-enrollment agreements to all 17 of the state’s community colleges, making it easier for students to complete four-year degrees. He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Queens College in New York and earned his master’s and doctorate in economics from Stanford University.
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View past Charles Carpenter Lecture series speakers.