About The Ray Center

Stand for what is right.

The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University is dedicated to promoting good character and positive leadership in our communities. 

Through public awareness and programming grounded in research, The Ray Center provides character and leadership development strategies to help create strong, vibrant communities that value positive, healthy relationships and respectful behavior. 

Featuring two key programs, CHARACTER COUNTS! and Excellence with Integrity, The Ray Center is poised to become a global leader in ethics, civility and leadership.  

Formerly named Character Counts In Iowa, The Ray Center honors two of Drake’s most respected alumni—Robert D. and Billie Ray—whose humanitarian efforts, character, and leadership set an inspirational example for multiple generations. 




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