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Carroll Robertson Ray to lead U. of Houston Board of Regents

University of Houston
June 8, 2010
Houston businesswoman, lawyer and community leader Carroll Robertson Ray has been selected to lead the University of Houston System Board of Regents. Ray, a native Houstonian, was elected as the board's chair during its recent retreat.

Ray will succeed Welcome W. Wilson Sr., who served three terms as chairman.

The board also elected Nelda Luce Blair as the board's vice chair and Michele (Mica) McCutchen Mosbacher as secretary. Ray, Blair and Mosbacher are current board members and will take office Sept. 1.

The board is the governing body of the University of Houston System, which includes the University of Houston, UH-Clear Lake, UH-Downtown, UH-Victoria and teaching centers in Sugar Land and Cinco Ranch. The full board consists of Wilson, Ray, Blair, Mosbacher, Jim P. Wise, Jacob M. Monty, Nandita V. Berry, Tilman J. Fertitta and Jarvis V. Hollingsworth and student regent Andrew Cobos.

Ray was appointed to the board in 2008 by Gov. Rick Perry and will serve through 2011. She began her career as an investor in oil and gas and real estate. Ray also was a major stockholder in and served on the board of Liberty Savings Association, which was acquired by Prosperity Bank. Currently, Ray is of counsel with Andrews Kurth LLP in Houston.

Ray graduated summa cum laude from the UH Law Center where she was an editor of the Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. She graduated cum laude from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in history.

As a UHS board member, Ray serves as chair for the academic and student success committee, vice chair for the finance and administration committee and vice chair for the endowment management committee.

A dedicated Houstonian, Ray devotes much of her time and energies to her community. She is the vice chairman of the Cullen Trust for Performing Arts and serves on the boards for the Houston Ballet and the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Neuhaus Educational Center.
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