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Hillsdale College Alumnus to Lead Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

2008 graduate Paul Ray named Acting Administrator of key federal agency

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Hillsdale, Mich.— Hillsdale College congratulates 2008 graduate Paul Ray on being named acting administrator of the U.S. Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).

“We are proud to see Paul’s exceptional work recognized with this opportunity to help lead OIRA,” said Ken Koopmans, executive director of Career Services at Hillsdale College. “Time and time again, our alumni exhibit in their careers the excellence they are encouraged to pursue while at Hillsdale, and we are always encouraged to see them reach positions of leadership.”

In his role as acting administrator of OIRA, a part of the Office of Management and Budget, Ray leads the agency’s work overseeing executive regulations; federal government information collection; and implementation of federal information policy, privacy, and statistical policies.

After graduating from Hillsdale College in 2008, Ray earned his law degree from Harvard University in 2011. He worked as a clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit and for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, as an associate at Sidley Austin LLP’s Washington office, and as a counselor to Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta.

Ray joined OIRA in July 2018 as deputy administrator and began his duties as acting administrator in March 2019. He will serve in this capacity until a permanent administrator is appointed by President Donald Trump and approved by the U.S. Senate.

More information on OIRA here.

About Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College is an independent liberal arts college located in southern Michigan. Founded in 1844, the College has built a national reputation through its classical liberal arts core curriculum and its principled refusal to accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies, even indirectly in the form of student grants or loans. It also conducts an outreach effort promoting civil and religious liberty, including a free monthly speech digest, Imprimis, with a circulation of more than 5.5 million. For more information, visit

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