2013 District VIII Leadership Award Recipient

The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VIII Board would like to announce that the recipient of the 2013 Leadership Award is Dr. Edward J. Ray, President of Oregon State University (OSU).

The Leadership Award recognizes a district member institution president or head, chancellor, educational system head, or CEO for outstanding efforts to promote the understanding and support of education. Nominees must have demonstrated the following:

  • created a vision for an institution and inspire others to accept the vision
  • established a positive image for the institution, and/or successfully led an institution through turbulent times
  • increased an institution's stature in its community and it's educational service to the community
  • and be innovative and encouraged in institution's personnel to be innovative and take risks

Dr. Ray was nominated by J. Michael Goodwin, the President & CEO of the OSU Foundation. Impressive letters for support for the nomination also came from the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees, the OSU Faculty Senate, the OSU Alumni Association, OSU University Relations and Marketing, and the Intel Corporation.

"The CASE District VIII Recognition Program celebrates exemplary achievement in the field of advancement by member institutions," said Cheryl Nations, chair of the CASE VIII Board of Directors. "On behalf of the board I congratulate Dr. Ray for his outstanding leadership and his commitment to higher education. He exemplifies the standards by which we compare our work, and educate and inspire ourselves to greater success."

Ray, who became president of Oregon State University in 2003, has led OSU through the creation of a strategic plan, re-organization of the academic colleges and the launching of the university's first comprehensive fundraising campaign. To date, donors have committed more than $868 million, more than has been raised in any fundraising campaign in the state's history.

Under his leadership, OSU has seen record enrollment, substantial increases in annual research awards, which totaled $262 million in 2011, and unprecedented growth in tenure-track faculty, with more than 100 faculty hires in the last two years.
"Dr. Ray embodies a rare combination of traits, possessing the acuity and practicality grounded in his background in economics, paired with a tremendous heart for the OSU family, for education and for Oregon," said J. Michael Goodwin, President & CEO of the OSU Foundation.

In addition to his institutional leadership, Ray is a national and statewide leader in support of higher education. He is immediate past chair of the NCAA's Executive Committee, chair of the PAC-12 CEO Executive Group, and serves as a board member of the American Association of Colleges and Universities. As the senior president in the Oregon University System, he is leading statewide discussions regarding how public universities are governed in Oregon.

"Dr. Ray has clearly established himself as an influential community and academic leader, a risk-taking visionary, and an inspirational role model," said Jill W. Eiland, vice president of the State Board of Higher Education and Northwest region corporate affairs manager for Intel Corporation, in a letter supporting Ray's nomination. "My admiration continues to grow as I watch him in action and count his many accomplishments. He is a tireless advocate for students and investments in the higher education system."
Ray will receive his award at the 2013 CASE District VIII Conference in Portland, Ore., on February 15, 2013, during the Professional Awards Luncheon.