About Ray Lutzky

The Hon. Raymond Allen “Ray” Lutzky, Ph.D., is an American professor, business consultant and communicator who has worked with some of some of the world’s most innovative universities and companies.

Today, he helps students and families in pursuit of success as Founder of Academic Excellence Group LLC, a California-based admissions and student success coaching consultancy. Ray Lutzky has counseled hundreds of students over more than 15 years as an admissions director, professor and education consultant. He has also worked with organizations and non-profits to provide leadership training and facilitate stakeholder engagement, strategic planning and educational workshops.

Ray Lutzky currently serves as Director, Academic Network at InStride; a public benefit corporation founded by Arizona State University and The Rise Fund (InStride was named one of Fortune’s “Impact 20” and Inc. Media’s “Best in Business” in 2020). Previously, Ray held senior enrollment management roles at Cornell University, New York University (NYU), Pace University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). At these universities he oversaw undergraduate and graduate admissions, global student recruitment, financial aid, and marketing. Ray is also an adjunct professor in the department of computer science and engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering and previously served as a lecturer at Cornell Tech.

Ray has served on the Board of Directors for nonprofit organizations including NAGAP, the Association for Graduate Enrollment Management, and the Colorado LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce. In 2007, the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky awarded him a commission as a Kentucky Colonel. Ray is an accomplished public speaker and has lectured at education events across The Americas, Asia, and Europe. From 2005-2009, he was a nationally-recognized speaker on hazing prevention for college students funded by the NCAA.

Ray has also served as a volunteer leader for educational organizations. He served for 5 years as Vice President of the Rensselaer Alumni Association, which presented him with their Alumni Key Award in 2006. Ray also volunteered extensively for Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity International, serving as a conference facilitator, recruitment consultant and alumni trainer.

Prior to his work in higher education, Ray worked in marketing communications and public relations. While at Marketing Management Analytics, pioneers in marketing mix modeling, Ray supported business development and public relations activities. He began his communications career in Washington, D.C. with clients including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Janssen Pharmaceutica and the Office of the Director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Ray’s lifelong passion for education and information technology started as a student at Pelham Memorial High School in New York. As a teenager at the height of the dot-com boom, Ray taught the school’s first Internet teacher training and upgraded school district computers. He developed an early interest in educational technology, computer science and the intersection of technology and creativity.

Ray earned his B.S. in electronic media, arts, and communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, from which he later received his Ph.D. in communication and rhetoric (committee chair Audrey G. Bennett, with members James P. Zappen, Roger A. Grice, and Ron Eglash). Ray’s doctoral dissertation “Diversifying STEAM: Culturally Situated Drawing for Math Education with African-American Youth” explores the relationship between culture, math education, design and technology. He also holds a master of science degree in public relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and a master of science in digital audience strategy from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. In December 2020, Ray completed a Certificate program in Leadership Principles at Harvard Business School Online.

In his spare time, Ray enjoys skiing, cooking, reading and spending time with his family in New York and California. He currently resides in Los Angeles.