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Release: Dec. 13, 2002

NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: All presidential candidates will be available briefly for questions from reporters from about 5 to 5:15 p.m. following the public symposium portion of the candidate's visit.

Ohio State provost to interview for UI presidency on Monday

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Edward J. Ray, executive vice president and provost of The Ohio State University, will visit the UI campus Monday, Dec. 16 to interview for the position of UI president. Ray will meet with faculty, staff, students, and community leaders throughout the day. He will also participate in a 4 p.m. symposium on "The Future of Public Higher Education" in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. The symposium is open to the public.

As chief academic officer at Ohio State, Ray oversees 19 colleges, more than 4,500 faculty members, and student enrollment of nearly 57,000. He was involved in creating an academic plan with six major strategies: building a world-class faculty; developing academic programs that define Ohio State as the nation's leading public land-grant university; improving the quality of teaching and the learning environment; enhancing and better serving the student body; creating a more diverse university community; and helping build Ohio's future.

Ray, age 58, is a native of Jackson Heights, New York, and has been on the faculty at Ohio State since1970. A professor of economics, he also has served in a variety of administrative roles, including chair of the department of economics from 1976 to 1992. Since 1992, he has served in a number of roles in the Office of Academic Affairs, including associate provost, senior vice provost, acting senior vice president and provost, and interim senior vice president and provost. He has been executive vice president and provost since December of 1998. He also served a five-year term, from 1993 to 1998, as Ohio State's chief information officer.

The UI presidential candidate earned his bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from Queens College of the City University of New York in 1966. He continued his education at Stanford University, earning a master's degree in 1969 and his doctorate in 1971.

Ray is the author of four books. Along with Belton Fleisher and Tom Kniesner, he published Principles of Economics (Wm. C. Brown Publishing) in 1987; Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics were both published by GINN Press in 1989.That same year, he also published U.S. Protectionism and the World Debt Crisis (Quorum Books). Ray and Bennett D. Baack have collaborated on a forthcoming book, The Income Tax in America: The Origin and Resolution of Fiscal Crises (Manhattan Institute). He has also a long list of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, abstracts and reviews.

His research has been funded by the United States Departments of Labor and Commerce, by the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment, and the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology. In addition, he served as a consultant and as a member of the State of Ohio delegation for trade missions to China in 1995, to the Pacific Rim in 1997, and to Canada in 1998.

Ray has been active in professional and service organizations. He is a member of the American Economic Association, the Western Economic Association, Economic History Association, and International Trade and Finance Association. He is a member of the Ohio Higher Education Funding Commission, the Ohio Teacher Education and Certification Advisory Commission, and the John Glenn Institute for Public Service.