UW-Madison: Robert Ray Named CALS Associate Dean for Student Affairs

MADISON – Robert O. Ray, University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of forest ecology
and management, has been named associate dean of academic student affairs at the
UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. 

In his new position, Ray will have overall responsibility for the college’s
undergraduate instruction, student recruiting and career services, farm and industry
short course and alumni programs.

Ray has been with the university since 1976 and has spent the last seven as
assistant dean in the academic student affairs office.

“Bob Ray brings to this position a thorough understanding of the college’s
undergraduate programs that will help guide our ongoing efforts to enhance our
students’ experiences,” says CALS Dean Molly Jahn, who appointed Ray to the post.
“He has bold and innovative goals and vision for one of our college’s most important
functions.  I look forward to helping him move these ideas forward.”

Ray has been with the forest ecology and management department since 1997. He joined
the faculty 30 years ago as an assistant professor in the former department of
continuing and vocational education (CAVE), and later served as that department’s
chairperson. He has a joint appointment in the university’s Education Leadership and
Policy Analysis program, which was created when the CAVE department was

A Georgia native, Ray received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the
University of Georgia in Athens before earning a doctorate from the University of
Maryland in College Park.  Much of his research has focused on adult education and
the role of recreation and leisure activities in the quality of life of older
adults.  More recently, he has studied the implications of human behavior on natural
resources management.  

Ray replaces Richard Barrows, who retired in May after serving 13 years as associate
dean and 34 years on the college’s faculty.