ICUT Staff

Ray Martinez—President

Ray Martinez is president of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT), which serves the state and federal policy interests of Texas’ regionally-accredited, nonprofit independent institutions of higher education. Prior to joining ICUT, Ray served as chancellor of WGU Texas and has held senior government relations positions at Rice University and with the Texas A&M University System. Ray previously served as the director of the Higher Education Committee in the Texas Senate. For more information

Raif  CalvertVice President for Governmental Relations & General Counsel

Raif Calvert joined the ICUT staff in January 2006 after serving for three years as a lobbyist for the Texas Medical Association and several other medical specialty societies.  Prior to his stint with the TMA, Raif served as a legislative aid to current Attorney General Greg Abbott, former Attorney General and current United States Senator John Cornyn, and former Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives James E. “Pete” Laney.  His assignments include appropriations, student financial aid, healthcare professions education and overall higher education policy and finance.  Raif is a registered member of the Texas bar and is licensed to practice law in Texas.

Elizabeth Puthoff—Vice President for Research and Policy Analysis

Elizabeth Puthoff joined ICUT in June 2005. A former high school chemistry teacher, Mrs. Puthoff holds two masters' degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Education and a Master of Public Affairs. Her responsibilities include producing research reports, conducting research projects and monitoring legislation. Her legislative assignments include student public education, teacher preparation and certification, and financial aid.

Lois HollisDirector of Member Services and the ICUT Foundation

Lois Hollis joined ICUT in January 2010 after 28 years at the Texas Higher education Coordinating Board where she was the Assistant Commissioner for Student Services for seven years. In that role she oversaw all State financial aid programs, the ApplyTexas Common Admission Application and worked closely with the State Legislature on affordability issues pertaining to college students. She is the point of contact for ICUT members in regard to cost-saving measures offered through group purchasing agreements.  In addition she coordinates annual affinity meetings and oversees the ICUT Efficiency Committee (E-Committee) and the ICUT Peer Consultation program.