Curtis L. McCray, Ph.D., has spent more than 40 years working in higher education, including serving as president of the University of North Florida (1982–1988), California State University-Long Beach (1988–1993), Millikin University (1993–1998), and National-Louis University (1998–2005).
He also served as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Governors State University. At Saginaw Valley State University, he served as vice president of academic affairs, dean of arts and sciences, and chair of the English department. He began his career in academia as an assistant professor of English at Cornell College.
He is a trustee of Northcentral University, based in San Diego, chairing the CEO Selection and Performance and Compensation Committees.
Since retiring from National-Louis University in Chicago, McCray has worked as a higher education consultant, providing assistance to administrators and institutions. McCray has had broad experience with college and university accreditation matters and has worked with institutions in the Higher Learning Commission, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools regions, serving as chair of a number of visiting teams
McCray earned his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Knox College and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska.
McCray and his wife, Mary, reside in Grayslake, Illinois. They have three grown daughters and five grandchildren.