June 11, 2013
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University Names Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
CANYON, Texas—University President J. Patrick O’Brien is pleased to name Dr. Rosemary Gray as chief diversity and inclusion officer at West Texas A&M University. She will begin her new duties Aug. 1.
Gray is filling a newly created position that focuses on all diversity and inclusion efforts at WTAMU. She will develop and coordinate a diversity and inclusion strategic plan and work with each of the University’s five colleges and Graduate School as well as departments, groups and offices to introduce and put the plan into practice across campus. She also will work to promote and increase diversity and inclusion through campus collaborations to support recruitment and retention of under-served and underrepresented students as well as helping with efforts to build a diverse faculty and staff.
“I am both honored and extremely elated to have been selected as the chief diversity and inclusion officer at West Texas A&M University,” Gray said. “I look forward to collaborating on diversity and inclusion with students, faculty, staff, alums and other constituents at the University. We all have a role in creating a welcoming, respectful and collaborative University as we grow together and move beyond compliance to diversity and inclusion. I want to assist in creating a win-win situation for all qualified students, faculty and staff who want to study, live and work at West Texas A&M University.”
Gray brings a wealth of experience to the job with more than 30 years in higher education as an administrator and educator. Her previous positions have all been tied to diversity and inclusion, and she’s built a reputation as a leader in these areas as both a presenter and a consultant at workshops, conferences and seminars across the United States.
“I was privileged to serve on the search committee for the selection of diversity officer and in my opinion, Dr. Rosemary Gray is well qualified for this position,” Myrna Raffkind, instructor emerita of psychology/sociology, said. “She was well prepared for the interview and familiar with WTAMU’s strategic plan. She is knowledgeable of the law, socially skilled, articulate and enjoys learning. When asked what traits she believed were most important for the diversity officer to possess, her answer was ‘to be a good listener.’ She demonstrated this listening skill as she visited with students, faculty and staff. I look forward to working with her.”
In her previous position as equity and diversity officer/Title VI coordinator at the University of Tennessee at Martin, Gray served as the EEO officer, Title VI and Title IX coordinator and ADA coordinator. That experience gives her extensive background for collaboration with similar offices at WTAMU on diversity and inclusion issues relating to students, faculty and staff. From 2004-2011 Gray served as vice president of special services and equity at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La., where she was a training resource for faculty, staff and students on diversity planning. She also received and resolved discrimination complaints and supervised the employment process for all employees.
At Radford University in Radford, Va., Gray served as the assistant director of human resources/social equity officer. She also held the position of equity and diversity officer at the University of Scranton, in Scranton, Pa. Other positions throughout her career include associate dean of students for campus activities (1998-99), director of human resources development and intercultural affairs (1997-1998) and director of human resources, institutional research and intercultural affairs (1994-1997) at Emory and Henry College in Emory, Va. Between 1969-1994, Gray taught at various public schools, community colleges and universities in Washington, D.C., Tennessee and Virginia.
Gray earned an associate degree in liberal arts from Morristown College and a bachelor’s degree in English from Emory and Henry College. She received a master’s degree in education from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and an Ed.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis in 1997 from East Tennessee State University.
“We are excited to have Dr. Gray join the WT family in this new position,” WTAMU President J. Patrick O’Brien said. “Her expertise makes her the ideal person to implement a plan that will create a diverse and inclusive environment for our campus.”
Gray has one son, William Samuel Bundy II, who is in the process of joining the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in Houston as an educator and leader.