Two New Members Appointed to the West Virginia State University Board of Governors

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Feb. 8, 2019
Two New Members Appointed to the West Virginia State University Board of Governors
INSTITUTE, W.Va. – Two West Virginia State University (WVSU) alumni have been named to the University’s Board of Governors effective immediately.

Mark D. Davis and Kenneth D. Gray were appointed to the WVSU Board by Gov. Jim Justice.

Davis is the vice president/Charleston region manager for City National Bank. Davis has been with the bank since 1991.

“It’s an honor to return to my alma mater and serve as a member of the Board of Governors. It is my hope that I can bring a perspective to the board that will be beneficial in the governance of West Virginia State University,” said Davis. “I am privileged to serve with so many esteemed board members and educators that have a common goal of advancing WVSU into the future.”

Davis is a 1987 graduate of WVSU and is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University. Davis currently serves on the board of directors of the South Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau as well as FestivALL Charleston and the Bridge Road Neighborhood Association. He also serves on the board of advisors of West Side Main Street.  He is a graduate of the professional development programs Leadership West Virginia and Leadership Kanawha Valley.

Gray received his bachelor’s degree in political science from WVSU in 1966, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Reserve Officers Training Corps. In 1969, he received his law degree from West Virginia University’s College of Law.

“I am honored to be appointed to the WVSU Board of Governors,” said Gray. “I am grateful for the opportunity to give back and serve my alma mater. I owe my success to the foundation and great education I received at WVSU.”

After law school, Gray served on active duty in the U.S. Army JAG Corps and eventually became the Army Deputy Judge Advocate General. He is a graduate of the Judge Advocate General’s School Basic and Advanced Courses located on the grounds of the University of Virginia, and the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C.

He served in various significant assignments during his military career culminating with his promotion to Major General and service as The Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Army from 1993-1997. He is the first and only African-American General Officer in the history of the Active Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps since its creation in 1775.

Following his 30-year military career, Gray served for more than 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.

Gray is a member of the WVSU ROTC Hall of Fame; received the Justicia Officium Award, which is the highest award given by the WVU College of Law; and received the National Bar Association’s Gertrude E. Rush Distinguished Service Award for outstanding leadership and devoted service. Gray has been recognized as a Distinguished West Virginian by Governors Caperton, Underwood, and Tomblin.

Established in July 2001, the Board of Governors provides oversight to WVSU on policy issues and affairs.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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