Dr. Edwin Ray has been named interim vice president of instruction at the Community College of Aurora following the departure of Dr. Bernice Harris, who recently was named provost for the Community College of Denver.
According to CCA President Linda Bowman, Dr. Ray has served the community college system for the last 37 years, including 18 years as vice president of instruction at Pikes Peak Community College, from which he retired in March.
A native of Arkansas, Ray attended the University of Denver, first as a Centennial Scholar and then as a Ford Fellow, receiving bachelor of science and master of science degrees. He then entered a Ph.D. program in organic chemistry at the University of Washington in Seattle. While in Seattle, Ray taught part-time at Bellevue Community College and was a summer lecturer at the University.
After Ray’s graduation, he and his family moved to Fort Morgan, Colo., where he taught chemistry and mathematics and became the chief academic officer at Morgan Community College. Following 15 years there, he served for four years as the associate vice president for educational services for the Colorado Community College System. Following that, he became vice president for educational services at Pikes Peak Community College.
Ray returned to work at PPCC on a post-retirement appointment, still serving as vice president. When the Community College of Denver asked this summer if he would serve as interim provost until the position there could be filled, he agreed.
Ray said he is eager to serve at CCA. “When the opportunity arose to lend a hand at a college with the high reputation enjoyed by CCA and at the same time to work with such talented individuals, how could I resist?” he said. “I’m looking forward to working with Linda and her team and with all the faculty and staff at this outstanding institution.”