Dr. Kecia Ray

About Dr. Kecia Ray

Dr. Ray's career includes designing technology within the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and directing technology research through Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Science Outreach programs. As a district administrator for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, she led the award winning design, implementation, and evaluation of instructional technology programs including instructional design for online and blended learning environments, redesigning physical learning environments, establishing the virtual high school, and redefining school libraries. 

After publishing an assessment to measure technology literacy in 1999, she conducted research in US, Canada and South Africa on the use of technology in the K-12 classroom and the use of distance learning technologies to facilitate engaging learning environments. Dr. Ray is published and recognized for her work in online and blended learning as well as flexible learning environments. 

Dr. Ray is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) where she is Chair of the ISTE Board of Directors. Dr. Ray also serves on the board of eLearn Institute and continues to serve on the Davidson County Community Education Commission and the board of Learning Bird Inc. She was appointed by Governor Haslem to the Advisory Council on Alternative Education in 2013 and appointed to a Personalized Learning State Advisory Committee in 2014. 

She was the recipient of the Presidents Volunteer Service Award in 2012 and 2014 and awarded the ISTE lifetime achievement 'Making IT Happen' Award in 2013. In 2014, Dr. Ray was named '20 to Watch' by the National School Board Association and one of the top 10 EdTech Leaders by Tech and Learning.

Dr. Ray is Executive Director for the Center for Digital Education and an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband Dr. Clark Ray and their son Wes.