In a letter to members of the Oregon State community, Ed Ray has announced his intentions to step down as President of Oregon State University once his current 5-year contract ends. Ray’s contract will come to a conclusion on June 30th, 2020 (roughly 15 months from now). Ed Ray assumed the presidency on July 31, 2003. While 15-months is certainly a extensive ‘two-weeks notice’, in Ed Ray’s words the timing for this transition “is excellent... We have just adopted a new chapter in our strategic plan, SP4.0, and we are guided by our common statement of aspirations: Vision 2030.”
Read the full letter to Beaver Nation here.
Ed Ray has been a longtime advocate and vocal supporter of Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott. His support of Scott has irked many fans of the Pac-12 and of the university. Larry Scott has come under intense scrutiny in the last few years. While this move probably has more to do with Ed Ray’s retirement-worthy age (almost 76 years old) than any criticism he has received, the move will probably be met with approval rather than disappointment.