MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia University Vice President for Student Affairs is calling it quits after 16 years.
WVU announced in a release Wednesday that Ken “The General” Gray will retire from the vice president position.
Gray first came to WVU in 1997 following the conclusion of a 30-year military career. He retired from the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps where he had reached the rank of major general and was the assistant judge advocate general.
Gray was named vice president for student affairs in 1997 by then-University President David Hardesty.
During his 16 years as vice president, the release said Student Affairs had established several highly regarded programs that have increased enrollment of domestic and international students, enhanced wellness and safety and helped students succeed in and out of the classroom.
Gray, a 1969 WVU law graduate, is noted for leading several programs including the WVUp All Night, one of the first late-night alternative programs in the country. WVUp All Night was designed to provide safe, fun and free alternative weekend activities for students every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.
Gray also took the lead on FallFest in 1997, a welcome-back concert and celebration for students.
In addition, Gray directed the creation of WELLWVU: The Students’ Center of Health in 2009 and has been successful in integrating WVU medical and mental health, substance abuse, fitness and nutrition, and sexual health program and services.
WVU President Jim Clements said in the release that the qualities of character honor come to mind when he thinks of General Gray.
“He truly respects and cherishes the opportunity we have to help students and has collaborated over many years to develop programs that meet their changing needs,” said Clements. “He is a tremendous colleague and friend to so many of us, and we wish him and his family a very enjoyable, well-deserved retirement. As one of our former student body leaders said so well, with Ken’s retirement we have a big heart to fill at WVU.”
Gray’s retirement will go into effect with the appointment of his successor.