The Illinois Retired Teachers Association has named longtime Alton educator Ed Gray as the director for region 15. As regional director, Gray will serve schools in Madison, St. Clair, Monroe and Randolph counties and it will be his job to make decisions and vote on issues that will determine the associations future.

Gray will immediately be tasked with trying to help solve the issues surrounding the teacher's pension plan in addition to increasing membership within certain units within the region. He will also be required to attend more meetings and conduct annual visits to each unit in the region.

Gray retired from teaching in 2001 after 34 years of service to the district. He joined the school board in 2005 and became president in 2011.