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Ray Appointed 13th President of Illinois College

February 27, 2008

S. Alan Ray, senior vice provost at UNH, was recently named the 13th president of Elmhurst College in Illinois. Ray, 51, will begin his presidency on July 1.

Since coming to UNH in 2004 Ray has exercised campus-wide authority for undergraduate curricula and academic affairs at the university. Guided by the university's Academic Plan, he has provided creative and strategic leadership for the Center for International Education, Center for Teaching Excellence, Discovery Program, Fellowships Office, Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, Honors Program, Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, University Writing Program, and Air Force and Army ROTC.

“During his tenure, we have enriched and extended our undergraduate academic programs, we have worked through an incredibly complex and sensitive college reorganization, we have expanded and improved our undergraduate curricula while laying a solid foundation for further significant change, and we have institutionalized a process of academic program review that has integrity and consequences,” said Provost Bruce Mallory. “Alan has either led or partnered with others in each of these initiatives. We will miss his insight, honesty and strategic thinking.”

Ray previously served as associate dean for academic affairs at Harvard Law School. He holds a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law; a doctorate, master’s degree, and master’s of theological studies from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree from St. Thomas Seminary College in Denver. His scholarly interests include religion and public life, Native American studies, and constitutional law.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity the Elmhurst College board of trustees has given me to lead the College,” Ray said. “My experiences at UNH have been tremendously rewarding personally and professionally. I would like especially to thank Provost Mallory for the opportunity to serve the UNH community as an administrator and teacher these past four years.”

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