BOSTON: Fisher College, a private, nonprofit college located in historic Back Bay, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Alan Ray, Fisher College president, to the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) Board of Directors.
I am honored to serve on the MEFA Board of Directors,” said Dr. Ray in response to his appointment by Governor Charlie Baker. “MEFA has done so much to make affordable higher education a reality for the students of our state.”
Created by Legislature in 1982, MEFA’s mission is to, “help Massachusetts students and families gain access and afford higher education and reach financial goals through education programs, tax-advantage savings, plans, low-cost loans, and expert guidance.” For more than 30 years, MEFA has helped Massachusetts students and families plan for the future.
Fisher College is also committed to providing access to the future for students, awarding over $9 million in scholarships annually. With an average institutional award of $13,027 per student, Fisher College understands the need for student financial confidence, and MEFA provides a pivotal role in that process.
Providing a college experience of the highest caliber is central to our mission,” said Dr. Ray. “MEFA helps reduce the financial stress on Massachusetts students and their parents, allowing these students to focus on their education itself.”
Dr. Alan Ray joined Fisher College in July as the 9th president. Prior to Fisher College, Dr. Ray served as President of Elmhurst College in Illinois, but he is not a stranger to Massachusetts. Dr. Ray holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Harvard University, having also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Harvard Law School. Dr. Ray lives in Boxford with his wife and three children.
A swearing-in ceremony at the State House is scheduled for late November.