Major General Kenneth D. Gray to address graduating class at PSC

Kenneth D. Gray, Major General, U.S. Army Retired, who currently serves as vice president for Student Affairs at West Virginia University (WVU) will address the 2014 graduating class at Potomac State College of WVU on Saturday, May 3 at 11 a.m. in the Church-McKee Arts Center.

Gray leads programs, services, activities, and resources that respond to the concerns and needs of WVU students. He believes in promoting a positive student-centered campus culture, in creating an environment where students can grow personally and intellectually and in helping students realize their dreams.

Kenneth D. Gray
Kenneth D. Gray

Gray received his Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia State College in 1966 and was commissioned a second lieutenant from the Reserve Officers Training Corps. In 1969, he received his Juris Doctor degree from West Virginia University’s College of Law and entered active duty in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps.

He served in various assignments during his military career culminating with his promotion to Major General and service as The Assistant Judge Advocate General of the Army from 1993-1997. He is the first and only African-American General Officer in the history of the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps since its creation in 1775.

Gray’s military awards include the U.S. Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal.

He’s an inductee of the West Virginia State College ROTC Hall of Fame; received the Justicia Officium Award, which is the highest award given by the College of Law at WVU; inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni at WVU; and received the National Bar Association’s Gertrude E. Rush Distinguished Service Award for outstanding leadership and devoted service. He is also a WVU College of law Dean’s Partner.

Furthermore, Gray has received the WVU Outstanding Alumni Award, the Richard T. Feller Outstanding Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to Students and has been recognized as a Distinguished West Virginian by former Governors Caperton and Underwood. He was selected as the 2011 NAACP Administrator of the Year by the WVU student Collegiate Chapter of the NAACP, is the recipient of the Strong Men and Women: Excellence in Leadership Award presented by Dominion Energy and was recently inducted into The West Virginia All Black Schools Sports & Academic Hall of Fame.

The National Bar Association named a new and distinguished award in Gray’s honor: “The Major General Kenneth D. Gray Excellence in Jurisprudence Award.” which recognizes a leader, jurist or practitioner who has exhibited distinctive and exemplary service to their community and/or the nation.

The WVU Student Organization office also created an award, The Kenneth D. Gray Leadership Award, in Gray’s honor which is awarded annually to an outstanding student leader who exhibits exemplary leadership skills.

Gray is a member of the West Virginia Bar and the Texas Bar. He is an American Bar Association Foundation Fellow, a West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellow and a member of the Texas Bar Foundation. He is also past chair of the American Bar Association’s Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division, past co-chair of the Association of Public Land Grant University’s Council on Student Affairs, and the Council’s Executive Committee.

He and his wife, Carolyn, have two sons who are both graduates of WVU.