Alumni Profiles: Linda Gillispie, ’73, '76 and Raymond Umstead, ’75

Linda Gillispie, Ph.D., ’73 B.B, ’76 M.Ed.

Linda Gillispie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in 1973 and Master of  by I Want This">Education degree in school psychology in 1976 from Wright State University. In addition to her degrees from Wright State, she earned her Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Dayton.

Gillispie has an outstanding career in the Dayton region in the field of education serving as a school psychologist and principal. Some of her awards have included the Hall of Fame Award as principal of Kitty Hawk Elementary School, Holmes Scholar Recipient for the University of Dayton, and the African American Cultural Festival Award of Excellence. She was one of the founding students of Wright State’s Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center and a former interim director of the center. A committed and dedicated member of the Wright State family, Gillispie has volunteered tirelessly to assist African American students on and off campus. She was instrumental in developing and implementing The Bolinga Student Leadership Program. Additionally, Gillispie worked to ensure that the 30th anniversary celebration of the Bolinga Center was a historical and memorable event. She was one of the founding members of the African American Alumni Society and served as vice president of the society for several years. She and her family have established The Gillispie Family Scholarship Fund for students in the Raj Soin College of Business as well.

As a retired principal, Gillispie continues to serve the educational community serving on several community boards. She currently serves as an educational consultant.

Linda is married to William Gillispie, also a graduate of Wright State, and together they are lifetime alumni members. They have two adult children.

Raymond Umstead, ’75 B.S.B.

 Raymond Umstead graduated from Wright State with a  by I Want This">Bachelor of Science degree in accounting in 1975 and received his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1978.

Umstead is currently senior vice president and deputy general counsel for WellPoint, Inc., one of the nation’s largest health benefit companies with nearly 33 million members in its affiliated  by I Want This">health plans and approximately 64 million individuals served through its subsidiaries. The WellPoint Legal Department has been recognized by Corporate Counsel magazine as one of the best corporate legal departments in the country. Umstead has been featured in legal publications including Indiana Lawyer and Corporate Counsel and has often spoken to law firms about enhancing the partnership between in-house and outside counsel. Umstead previously served in various positions in WellPoint companies, including general counsel for the Associated Group (a consolidation of Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky) and general counsel for Community Mutual  by I Want This">Insurance Company (the Blue Cross Blue Shield Plan in Ohio).

 Umstead is an active Wright State alumnus. He highly values the education he received from Wright State and his partnership with the Raj Soin College of Business, where he has served as a member of the advisory board for the past eight years. Umstead credits his decision to go to law school to Wright State professor William McGrath, Esq., who served as a trusted advisor and mentor while at the university.

Umstead is married with two adult children. He and his wife reside in Indianapolis