Ray Kotcher

Professor of the Practice, Public Relations

  • Office: 704 Commonwealth Ave., Room 303
  • Email: rkotcher@bu.edu
  • Phone: (617) 353-3482

About Ray Kotcher

Ray Kotcher is a professor of the practice, public relations, and the former CEO and chairman of Ketchum, one of the world’s largest and most awarded public relations agencies.

Having received his MS in Public Relations from the college in 1983, Kotcher went on to spend more than 30 years in the agency business, most of that time at Ketchum where he served as CEO and then chairman for 16 years. He believes in service to the industry and has led or been a trustee of most every professional organization. He is deeply committed to helping develop the “next generation” of public relations professionals, and paying it forward has brought him back to COM and its students.

Kotcher is the recipient of the Public Relations Society of America’s Gold Anvil and the Institute for Public Relations Alexander Hamilton Medal, those organizations’ highest honors for lifetime achievement. He also has been inducted into the Arthur W. Page Society’s Hall of Fame and is a distinguished alumnus of BU and COM.


  • MS, Boston University
  • BA, SUNY Geneseo