Edward John Ray

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Edward John Ray
Born (1944-09-10) September 10, 1944 (age 70)
Institutions Ohio State University (1970-2003)
Oregon State University (2003-present)
Alma mater Queens College, City University of New York (1966)
Stanford University (1969, 1971)
Spouse Beth (1946-2014)

Edward John "Ed" Ray (born September 10, 1944)[1] is an American economist who became the 19th president of Oregon State University on July 31, 2003.[2] Prior to joining Oregon State, Ray was executive vice president and provost of Ohio State University for the previous six years.[3] As president of OSU, Edward Ray earns a gross salary of $414,377 in 2010.[4] He also serves as chairman of the NCAA's Executive Committee.

Ray was a member of the Economics faculty at Ohio State from 1970–2003, serving as economics department chair from 1976 to 1992. He served as an associate provost from May 1992 until May 1993, senior vice provost and chief information officer from 1993–1998, and executive vice president and provost from 1998-2003.

His work has been published in The American Economic Review, The Journal of Political Economy, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, The Review of Economic Studies and other leading journals. He has co-authored a principles text, and his book, "U.S. Protectionism and the World Debt Crisis" was published by Quorum Press in 1989.

Dr. Ray received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Queens College, City University of New York in June 1966, graduating cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his master's degree in economics from Stanford University in 1969 and his doctorate in economics from Stanford in June 1971.

His wife Beth (1946-2014) was a counselor and assistant dean in the College of Arts and Sciences while at Ohio State. They have three children and three grandchildren. On March 21, 2014, she died from lung cancer.[5]


Academic offices
Preceded by
Paul G. Risser
President of Oregon State University
Succeeded by