Ray ByeDr. Raymond Bye has spent his career at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Florida State University (FSU) in areas related to scientific and engineering research, research administration, U.S. science policy, and legislative and public affairs.Beginning in 1972, he served over two decades at the NSF, with more than a dozen years as Director of the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs.Following his service at NSF, he was named Associate Vice President for Research at Florida State University in 1994.In 1999, he was named Interim Vice President for Research and was named FSU's Vice President for Research in 2000.
In that position, his
responsibilities included sponsored research administration, technology transfer activities, the FSU Research Foundation
, oversight of research regulatory issues, research communications programs, and several interdisciplinary research programs.He served as the University's primary official in Washington, representing FSU with all research and development agencies, as well as federal departments regarding non-R&D matters.Dr. Bye
with the Florida Congressional delegation and Congressional committees on matters dealing with university activities, research, education, intellectual property, and other legislative matters.In June 2003, FSU's
new President asked Dr. Bye
to assume expanded federal relations responsibilities along with leading the University's activities related to economic development.In this capacity, he serves as the lead University official in all federal and Congressional relations activities.During Dr. Bye's tenure as Vice President for Research, he committed FSU to the goal of doubling the research awards received over a five-year period.
assumed the Vice Presidency, research awards totaled $88 million in FY98; at the close of FY03, the annual award total had exceeded the $162 million level.This was accomplished by working closely with research faculty, department chairs, and Deans in formulating interdisciplinary projects and securing the necessary external funding.Other efforts included activities that highlighted the research talents of FSU
faculty; initiated, secured bond funding, oversaw the completion of 170,000 square feet of new research construction; and coordinated the development of a strategic research plan for University discussion.Dr. Bye has served on a number of boards and commissions.
These include service as President of the FSU Research Foundation
, along with membership on its Board and Executive Committee.He has also served as a member of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Board of Governors and is currently on the Board of Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).In addition, he is or has served recently on the Boards for the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, the Tallahassee-Leon County Economic Development Council, the Economic Club of Florida, the Leon County Research and Development Authority, and the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Foundation.He also served as Chair of the National Association of State University and Land-Grant Colleges' Council on Governmental Affairs and as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.Dr. Bye
has received a number of awards and recognitions including the NSF's highest award, the NSF Distinguished Service Award.The citation noted his
successful shepherding of the annual NSF budget through the Congress.When he assumed this responsibility, the NSF budget was below $1 billion; when he left NSF for FSU, the annual budget exceeded $3.5 billion.
Also while at NSF
was recognized by receiving the President's Meritorious Executive Award in 1991.Dr. Bye received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes College and his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Kent State University.All of his degrees are in Political Science.Dr. Bye
is married to Katherine Jackson Bye.