Dr. Edward J. Ray became president of Oregon State University on July 31, 2003.During his 12 years as the 14th president of Oregon State University, Dr. Edward J. Ray has led a remarkable transformation. Throughout his tenure, Oregon State has become an internationally recognized public research university and has continued to expand the excellence, scope and impact of its academic, research and outreach services.
OSU’s branch campus in Bend will expand to a four-year university in the fall of 2015 to serve the education, economic and community needs of Central Oregon. Additionally, Dr. Ray has launched a Marine Studies Initiative—a university-wide effort involving all of Oregon State’s colleges and the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. During the next decade OSU will expand its marine studies education, research and outreach programs as part of this effort.
Enrollment has grown to more than 30,000 students, making OSU the state’s largest university. Oregon State was ranked among the top research universities in 2014, and its online Ecampus program was ranked No. 5 for undergraduate degrees in 2015—both by U.S. News & World Report. Under Dr. Ray’s leadership, Oregon State completed its first major capital campaign, an historic achievement for the university. The Campaign for OSU raised $1.14 billion and included contributions from more than 106,000 donors. The campaign helped to build or renovate 28 OSU buildings; endow 79 new faculty positions; and created more than 600 new scholarship and fellowship funds for 3,200 students.
"Excellence, innovation and leadership are the three qualities that define Oregon State University’s mission," Ray says. "These qualities are fundamental to OSU's commitment to shape the success of our state, the nation and the world’s ability to address the most significant problems facing our future."
Dr. Ray came to OSU in 2003 from Ohio State University, where he served as executive vice president and provost since 1998. He was a member of the economics faculty at Ohio State for more than 30 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Queens College (CUNY) in 1966, and a master’s and Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University in 1969 and 1971, respectively.