Jeff Ray

Jeff Ray

Chairman Emeritus

As chairman emeritus at Ellucian, Jeff Ray advises the company and supports its customer community; he was the president and chief executive officer from 2014 to 2017. During his tenure as CEO, Mr. Ray led Ellucian through the most transformative period in the company’s history; including the introduction of the Ellucian Ethos Platform, and the transition to a cloud-ready product portfolio designed to meet the complex needs of higher education institutions.

Prior to Ellucian, Mr. Ray served as chief executive officer of Ventyx, an ABB company, the leading supplier of enterprise software and services to critical infrastructure providers. He worked with customers to solve some of their biggest business challenges with the help of innovative software solutions. Before Ventyx, as chief executive officer of DS SolidWorks Corp, Mr. Ray oversaw the introduction of a next-generation online platform for cloud-based offerings, the first platform built upon Services-Oriented Architectures in the engineering industry. Prior to SolidWorks, he spent 17 years with IBM in various management positions.

Mr. Ray has been active in local education for many years and served on the Boards of the Boston Match Charter School and the Paul Revere Innovation School. He was also involved in statewide education reform as a member of the Massachusetts High Tech Council.

Mr. Ray holds a B.S. in Economics from Texas A&M University.