Ray Gasser, PhD (he/him/his)
Assistant Vice President, Residence Education and Housing Services
Ray began his tenure at MSU in 2013 as the Senior Associate Director for the department, before his promotions to Executive Director, and now Assistant Vice President. Ray has over 25 years of experience in the residence life and housing fields, previously working at the University of Idaho, University of Arizona, Indiana State University, Colorado State University, and Florida State University. Ray has worked to advocate social justice in each of his jobs. He is a graduate of the Social Justice Training Institute, served on the President’s Diversity Council at the University of Idaho, and taught four Diversity and Stratification Workshops on topics including diversity awareness, white privilege, hate crimes and bias, and teaching for social justice. Ray received his B.A. from the University of Washington in Mass Communications, his M.S. from Colorado State University in Student Affairs, and his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Higher Education Administration. Ray’s doctoral work focused on studying the
factors contributing to first-year undecided student retention.