OSU's presidents: Now, and in the past

2013-09-26T19:21:00Z 2013-09-28T11:56:29Z OSU's presidents: Now, and in the pastCorvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
September 26, 2013 7:21 pm  • 

This summer, Ed Ray marked his 10th anniversary as the president of Oregon State University.

Here’s a quick look at OSU’s president — and a list of the presidents who served before him.

Full name: Edward John Ray

Age: 69

Before coming to OSU: Ray worked at another OSU — Ohio State University — where he was executive vice president and provost.

His academic specialty: He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Queens College in June 1966. He earned a master’s in economics from Stanford University in 1969 and a doctorate in economics from Stanford in June 1971.

Salary: Ray was paid $590,000 in the 2011-12 fiscal year. Tuition and taxpayers covered $246,000 of his $426,000 salary plus $38,000 to a state retirement system, while the OSU Foundation paid the rest of his salary plus $126,000 on his behalf into a supplemental retirement account.

Wife: Beth, who has worked as a practicing attorney, taught business law courses as a faculty member in the Department of Finance at Ohio State University, and was a counselor and assistant dean in the College of Arts and Sciences while at Ohio State. They have three children and three grandchildren.

By the way: Ed Ray is a runner who has completed the Portland Marathon.


OSU’s previous presidents: Since its designation as a land-grant institution of higher learning in 1868, Oregon State University has had 19 presidents, including five acting (or interim) presidents. They have been William A. Finley, 1865-1872 (Finley was appointed president of the university’s predecessor institution, Corvallis Academy, in 1865); Joseph Emery, acting, 1872; Benjamin L. Arnold, 1872-1892; John D. Letcher, acting, 1892; John M. Bloss, 1892-1896; H. B. Miller, 1896-1897; Thomas M. Gatch, 1897-1907; William Jasper Kerr, 1907- 1932; George W. Peavy, acting, 1932-1934, president, 1934-1940; Frank L. Ballard, 1940-1941; Francois A. Gilfillan, acting, 1941- 1942; August L. Strand, 1942-1961; James H. Jensen, 1961-1969; Roy A. Young, acting, 1969-1970; Robert W. MacVicar, 1970-1984; John V. Byrne, 1984-1995; Paul G. Risser, 1996-2002; Timothy P. White, interim, 2002-2003; and Edward J. Ray, 2003-present.

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