Morgantown, WV – The EdVenture Group, Inc. excitedly announces Kenneth Gray as the newest member of the Board of Directors. A native of McDowell County, Gray’s impressive career brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the organization.
Gray served on active duty in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and eventually became the Army Deputy Judge Advocate General, the first African American General Officer in the history of the Active Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps since its creation in 1775. Gray has received the National Bar Association’s Gertrude E. Rush Distinguished Service Award for outstanding leadership and devoted service. The National Bar Association also named a 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.
Following his stellar 30-year military career, including 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, Gray served for over 17 years as Vice President for Student Affairs at West Virginia University, where he led programs, services, activities, and resources that responded to the concerns and needs of students. Throughout his tenure, he was committed to promoting a positive student-centered campus culture, creating an environment where students could grow personally and intellectually, and helping students realize their dreams.
Gray’s lifetime achievements and service to community are recognized within West Virginia and across the nation. Gray received the Justicia Officium Award, which is the highest award given by the College of Law at WVU. He has also received the WVU Outstanding Alumni Award, the Richard T. Feller Outstanding Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to Students, and is the 2011 recipient of the NAACP Administrator of the Year Award. To acknowledge his legacy at West Virginia University, The Kenneth D. Gray Leadership Award was created Gray’s honor and is awarded annually to an outstanding student leader who exhibits exemplary leadership skills.
Nationally, Gray is a recipient of numerous awards from the American Bar Association, including the Spirit of Excellence Award presented by the ABA’s Commission on Racial and Ethic Diversity in the Profession and is recognized as an ABA Foundation Life Fellow. The Judge Advocates Foundation of the Judge Advocates Association awarded Gray the Chief Justice John Marshall Life Achievement Award, and the Army Judge Advocate General Designated Gray as a Distinguished Member of the Regiment.
Gray’s service to community has been a pillar of his leadership. He is a past chair of the ABA’s Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division, past co-chair of the Association of Public Land Grant University’s Council on Student Affairs, former member of the Council’s Executive Committee, and past president of the West Virginia Bar Foundation. Gray previously serviced on the United Way Board for Monongalia and Preston Counties and the Morgantown Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Morgantown Salvation Army, the Distinguished West Virginians Archives Advisory Board, and has been appointed by the West Virginia Governor to serve on the Board of Governors of West Virginia State University.
Gray joins The EdVenture Group, Inc. as they celebrate 21 years of service to West Virginia, Appalachia, and the nation. The EdVenture Group is a national non-profit committed to creating customized solutions to educational challenges through innovation consulting, tailored professional development, and high-quality research and evaluation that reimagines what education can be. For more information on The EdVenture Group, contact Dr. Lydotta Taylor, Founder & President, at Lmtaylor@edvgroup.org.
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