Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs


Dr. Cara Ray is the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs on the Marietta Campus. Her areas of responsibility include Marietta Campus student leadership, multicultural and student activities programs, and the Joe Mack Wilson Student Center. Together with staff in these areas, she works to create a Marietta Campus student affairs presence. Dr. Ray supports the goals and programs of the Division of Student Affairs and serves on the Senior Leadership Council of the Division.

Prior to joining KSU in 2018, Dr. Ray spent almost 12 years at the University of North Georgia (formerly Gainesville State College), as the Director of Student Life and then as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students for the Gainesville and Cumming Campuses. During these years, she supervised staff and programs in Student Life, Counseling, Career Services, Disability Services, Orientation, Health Services, Multicultural Student Affairs, Student Money Management Center, Student Conduct, and Testing. During her time as Director of Student Life, Dr. Ray was instrumental in starting the annual Student Conference on Leadership, a program that still continues today, and in growing the new student orientation program. At UNG’s Gainesville Campus, she chaired the Behavioral Intervention Team, the Alcohol Task Force, and the campus-based student affairs team, as well as serving on various university-wide committees. Dr. Ray was particularly active in consolidation work for the Division of Student Affairs and in strategic planning for UNG following the completion of consolidation.  In 2016, Dr. Ray represented UNG in an exchange program with the Bundeswehr University in Munich, Germany. Dr. Ray has also worked in student life at Georgia Tech and at North Carolina Wesleyan College.

Dr. Ray earned her Ph. D. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia in 2009.  Her research focused on how academically underprepared college students utilized their social connections to navigate the academic and social transition to college. Dr. Ray also holds an Master of Arts in Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Guilford College.

In her spare time, Dr. Ray serves on the Board of the Friends of the Chamblee Library and has served as Chair of the University System of Georgia’s Regents Advisory Committee for Deans of Students.