Ron McCray is a private investor, corporate director, jazz saxophonist, former chief executive officer and lawyer. Currently, Ron serves as an advisor to RLJ Equity Partners, a private equity firm, and 645 Ventures, an early stage, high technology venture capital firm. He serves on the boards of A.H. Belo Corporation, and Meta Bank Financial Group, Inc.
Ron is a Senate-confirmed, presidential appointee on the FRTIB, which oversees the world’s largest pension fund, and serves as a trustee of Cornell University, where he sponsors the McCray Scholars program. He is the vice chairman of Charleston Jazz, and a member of the board of the Newport Festivals Foundation.
Ron previously served on the boards of TESSCO Technologies Incorporated, Career Education Corp., EveryWare Global, Knight Ridder and Kimberly-Clark de Mexico.
As an executive, Ron served as Chairman, CEO and President of Career Education Corp, and prior to that, as the Chief Administrative Officer at Nike. As a lawyer, he served as SVP – Law and Government Affairs and Chief Compliance Officer of Kimberly-Clark, and worked at law firms Weil Gotshal & Manges in New York City and Jones, Day in Dallas.
Ron previously served on the governing boards of Harvard Law School and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Boston Celtics ownership group.
Ron graduated from Cornell University, where he earned Dean’s List honors and was inducted into the Aleph Semach/Raven and Serpent, and Quill and Dagger Honor Societies, earned a varsity letter, and set school and meet records. He then attended Harvard Law School, where he graduated as the editor and business manager of the Harvard Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Law Review, and was named a Traphagen Distinguished Alumnus.