Dr. Gray joined the faculty in April 2021. He is originally from rural west Tennessee and earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Tennessee.
It has been suggested that Dr. Gray is a camp counselor at heart, and history supports that notion. He is an instrument-rated private pilot and avid aerospace enthusiast. After attending U.S. Space Camp as a grade schooler, he spent years working at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama as a crew trainer in the camp programs there, as well as serving as Director of Operations in the startup season for the National Flight Academy’s camp programs at NAS Pensacola, Florida. He has extensive experience as a volunteer professional and instructor with Civil Air Patrol for several years, including air and ground operations for search and rescue missions, as well as leadership in cadet programs.
For years, Dr. Gray urged and guided learners toward interests and careers in STEM. He decided to lead by example and attended PA school at Nova Southeastern University, serving as president of his class and graduating with highest honors.
After graduation, he worked clinically in emergency medicine, urgent care, and family medicine practices. He taught guest lectures for the NSU Jacksonville PA program in several courses, and worked with students in laboratory lessons, simulations, and evaluated their clinical skills in class. He served as a clinical preceptor for the NSU Jacksonville program, teaching students in the hands-on environment of a busy family medicine/urgent care clinic setting in coastal Georgia. He was honored by the distinction of being named Preceptor of the Year in 2020 by its graduating clinical class. In August of 2022, he was conferred with a Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) degree with a concentration in Emergency Management and Global Health, from the University of Lynchburg.
Dr. Gray spends his free time with his lovely wife Dr. Jennifer Gray, a professional academic and professor of English, and their dogs. He is a movie buff, an avid reader, and nonstop tinkerer around the house. He can often be found working on several projects around the house or underneath a vehicle.
Dr. Gray is honored to serve with his faculty mentors and colleagues in teaching and guiding the physician assistants of the future.