Ray named senior vice president
for Institutional Advancement

Johnnie D. Ray, vice president for resource development at the University of Texas at Austin, has been named senior vice president for institutional advancement at Emory. He succeeds William H. Fox ’79PhD, who has been named senior vice president for external affairs (Emory Magazine, Spring 2004). Both positions are effective July 1.

“Johnnie Ray brings to Emory demonstrated leadership in development along with a deep sense of what is at the heart of higher education,” President James W. Wagner said.

Ray came to UT-Austin in 1996 as associate vice president for development; he was appointed to his current post in 1997. He directed the “We’re Texas” campaign at the university, with the original goal of $1 billion achieved two years ahead of its seven-year schedule. The final total for the campaign was $1.5 billion.

Ray also played a leading role in two innovative ventures at the university: the creation of a Web site providing access to the institution’s cultural and intellectual resources, including materials for K-12 teachers in Texas; and the UT Film Initiative, a public-private consortium in which faculty and students work with leading film industry talent to produce commercial films for widespread distribution.

At Emory, Ray will be responsible for all externally focused institutional operations, including development, advancement services, alumni affairs, governmental and community affairs, public affairs, and communications.

Prior to his tenure at UT-Austin, Ray was director of development for the sciences at the Pennsylvania State University. He previously served as associate vice president for development and university relations for McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University.




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