Roosevelt University - School of Computer Science and Telecommunications

Prof. Wright's Biography Page

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Knowledge is Power, Computer Knowledge is EXTRA Power!

Ray Wright began his career in the computer industry in 1961. He started as a combination key punch and computer operator in Chicago. Over the next 20 years he worked for several companies including LaSalle National Bank, Western Electric, General Dynamics, Union Oil of California, IBM, CPC International and Stone Container. He held positions ranging from computer programmer, systems analyst, and data base administrator to MIS Director.

In 1981 he joined the faculty full-time at Roosevelt University. Since then he has taught various courses in Computer Science such as (CST 100, CST 101, CST 133, CST 150, CST 254, CST 263, CST 270, CST 327, CST 370, CST 373, CST 390, CST 395, and CST 399). He was Chairman of the department from 1983 to 1989.

Since May 2000 he has been the Director of the School of Computer Science and Telecommunications. He is a member of: the College of Arts & Science Dean's Council, Information Technology Policy Committee, the Robert Miner Scholarship committee, the ABET accreditation committee, the Roosevelt Golf Tournament committee, and the Illinois Board of Higher Education (Computer Chairs SIG).

Media presentations have included: WLS-AM radio, WCIU TV, Media One Cable TV, Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald, Oak Park News, Northwest Courier, and Elgin Courier.

He owns a computer consulting company called REW & Associates. His organization has been involved with training, custom software design, programming and installations for companies in Chicago and Las Vegas.

His education includes two degrees from Loyola University in Chicago: BS '68(Math and Psych) and MBA '80(Mgmt). He also earned the Certified Data Processing Award (CDP) from the ICCP. He is an ABD Doctoral candidate in the Roosevelt University College of Education with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Organizational Change. His dissertation title is "A Case Study of Academic Chairs of Computer Science Departments: Leadership Issues in Private, Multi-Campus Universities". His advisor is Prof. Gregory Hauser.

He lives in Palatine with his wife Barbara. They have 11 children and 15 grandchildren. He is a tournament golfer and bridge player. Currently he is learning to speak Spanish.



Here is a photo of the CST Faculty, Staff and friends at the 1st Annual Retreat, May 2002

SCST - 1st Annual Retreat, May 2002


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