Ray Eddy (pronounced Ee-dee) received his bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Economics from Duke University. After working for a year, he returned to Duke and obtained his Master’s degree in Teaching. In 2021, he received his Ph.D. here at UCF in a program called Texts and Technology. In that program, he focused on the concept of immersion and how it affects the user experience.
After his undergraduate degrees, Dr. Eddy worked for the consulting firm Hewitt Associates in Chicago. After his Master’s degree, he worked in higher education administration as an area director at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC, Dr. Eddy started his first business called Superior Marching Band Enterprises, Inc., where he led a staff of dozens of employees running band camps all across the country. He ran Superior for 20 years.
During that time, Dr. Eddy decided to pursue the unusual, lifelong dream of being a stuntman. He soon acquired a role at Walt Disney World playing Indiana Jones in the “Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular.” This led to an active career as a full-time actor and stunt performer, including numerous additional acting and stunt acting roles at Disney World and Universal Studios, as well as work in commercials, television and film. During Dr. Eddy’s time at Walt Disney World, his management skills were recognized, and he moved into Stunt Manager and Entertainment Manager roles. He managed numerous, highly complex shows in various areas of the park for several years, including the “Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show,” which closed in 2016.
Along with his stunt, acting and theme park experience, he also created a production company called Lost Coven Films, LLC, and has produced, directed, written and performed in numerous works, including a full-length feature film that received multiple offers from distribution companies.
Dr. Eddy has returned to his teaching roots. After a year as a Professor of Mathematics at Valencia College, he joined the inaugural faculty of the Entertainment Management program at UCF’s Rosen College in 2017, and is now happy to be with the Integrated Business program here in the College of Business.
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