LEXINGTON, KY – Dr. Sandra C. Gray, President of Asbury University, will be the featured speaker at the Rotary Club of Lexington’s weekly meeting, which will be held Thursday, September 2, at 12:00 p.m., at Fasig-Tipton, 2400 Newtown Pike.
As an academician and woman of faith, Dr. Sandra C. Gray began her duties as president of Asbury University in July 2007. At that time, she brought more than 30 years of experience in higher education, finance and banking.
During Dr. Gray’s tenure as president, Asbury University has grown in size and international impact. Under her leadership, Asbury University has increased in overall enrollment by 17.1% from 2007 to 2009, with significant increases in the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Asbury University has launched new campus sites in Orlando, Fla., at the Jessamine Career and Technology Center in Nicholasville, and online. The University has also started new graduate programs in social work and in educational leadership.
In June 2009, Asbury University broke ground for the new Andrew S. Miller Center for Communication Arts. The facility, constructed for the convergence of media, is set for completion in December 2010. The School of Communication Arts will occupy the building in January 2011. In March 2010, Dr. Gray led Asbury College through the transition to Asbury University. “While our mission has not changed, the methods and means through which we accomplish this mission must speak to the current age if we are to be effective,” Gray said.
The name change will add clarity to Asbury University’s purpose in international circles as well as increase research and grant opportunities. Dr. Gray’s leadership, Asbury University students and faculty have participated in several international events including the Olympic Games in Beijing and Vancouver, and the in World Equestrian Games to be held in Lexington in September 2010.
Joining the faculty of Asbury University in 1989 as a professor of business management, Dr. Gray has taught courses on international trade and financial markets in Russia, China and Austria. Her research interests resulted in several invitations to lecture internationally. During her spring 2002 sabbatical, Dr. Gray taught at the International University of Vienna, Austria.
Other speaking engagements have included the United Nations, where she served on the Committee for Education, “Educating for a Culture of Peace.” In 1998, Dr. Gray was one of five academic persons from the West invited to speak at an international banking conference at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.
Throughout her career at Asbury, Dr. Gray has served on numerous college boards and planning committees. She was vice-chair of the Asbury faculty from 2003-2005 and provost from 2006-07. In 2005, she led Asbury’s first business-related mission trip, named “Kingdom Business”, to impart basic business skills to community members in Choluteca, Honduras. This opportunity has become an annual trip for students in this discipline.
For more over a decade, Dr. Gray has participated in and/or led women’s retreats on and off campus regarding faith and prayer. She is regularly invited to speak to institutional and community groups to discuss topics related to money management, money and marriage, and personal finance.
Gray received her Ph.D. in public administration with a focus on international economics and a master’s in business administration from the University of Kentucky in 1997 and 1984 respectively. After earning her undergraduate degree in business and economics, she completed numerous post-secondary education courses from the University of South Carolina, the Economics University of Vienna in Austria, the University of Colorado and the University of Oklahoma.
Prior to following the Lord’s leading to academia, she worked in the corporate environment in the banking and financial institutions industry. She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and the Christian Business Faculty Association. She also serves on the boards of World Gospel Mission and Messiah Ministries. Since becoming President, she has served on the boards of The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the Christian College Consortium, American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities, and Christianity Today, Inc.
Dr. Gray is actively involved in Centenary United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. She has served as chair of the church’s finance committee and she and her husband, Ken, have taught a Sunday school class for young married couples. She and Ken, an architect in Lexington, reside in Nicholasville, Kentucky.