CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
101 Jessup Hall
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0552; fax (319) 335-0558
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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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
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.