Wright State’s interim president praises school in goodbye letter

Wright State interim president Curtis McCray.
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Wright State interim president Curtis McCray.

Wright State University’s interim president thanked the campus community for its kindness and “unwavering commitment to students” in an email today, his last day on the job.

Curtis McCray helped WSU develop more than $30.8 million in budget cuts which trustees approved earlier this month. After the cuts were announced, McCray said that he would have liked to see even more money cut from the college’s 2018 budget.

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In his goodbye email, McCray said that the university “wrestled with an important challenge” with passion, resolve and wisdom. He praised WSU for its “Strong ethical values” and said that the budget cuts show the school is “emerging leaner, stronger and poised even more now, to thrive.”

“The last three and a half months from my perspective have been necessary and critical to sustaining the on-going success of Wright State University—and critical to ensuring the bright future of this great place,” McCray wrote. “You are members of a strong institution awash with successes. Don’t be fooled by those who just report your challenges.”

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McCray arrived on campus in March and departs just three and a half months later. He will be succeeded by Cheryl Schrader, Wright State’s seventh president and the first female to lead the institution.

“I wish you well in the coming months and years with President Schrader,” McCray wrote. “She is very lucky to have you. And you to have her.”

McCray was paid $119,892 for his 106 days of work at Wright State.

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