Meet the Dean of the Chapel 


Dr. Gregory S. Gray, Sr. has served as Dean of the Chapel and University Professor of Religion and Society at Tuskegee University since 1999.

Dr. Gray is a native of Gary, Indiana.  He is the son of Mrs. Delia and the late Mr. Rudolph V. Gray, Sr.  He was educated in the Gary Public School system. He earned the Bachelor of Science degree from Manchester College (North Manchester, IN), and the Master of Divinity degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse School of Religion (Atlanta, GA).  He holds the Ph.D. degree from Emory University's Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts (Atlanta, Ga.).  The revision of his doctoral thesis for publication remains a "work in progress."

Dr. Gray engaged in a four year post-doctoral program at the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute, from which he holds a diploma in the theory of psychoanalysis, and where he holds the status of Visiting Lecturer on the faculty.

Dr. Gray received a certificate in Bioethics from Georgetown University's Kennedy Institute of Ethics. He did independent research at the University of Cambridge. He has also done further work at the Harvard University School of Education's Institute for Management and Leadership in Education.

Dr. Gray's special awards include: Black Doctoral Fellow, The Fund for Theological Education;  Dean's Fellow, Emory University; National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow;  Lilly Teaching Fellow, The American Academy of Religion;  and  Mellon Fellow, The United Negro College Fund.

Prior to coming to Tuskegee University, Dr. Gray served on the faculty of Morehouse College, teaching in the departments of Philosophy & Religion and Psychology.  He has taught courses in world religions, philosophy, the humanities, African American psychology, and the history of the African American church. He currently teaches psychological anthropology, which focuses upon human nature and ethics.  He has published in the area of religious studies, and holds membership in the American Academy of Religion, the American Anthropological Association, and the American Psychoanalytic Association. 

As Dean of the Chapel, Dr. Gray's work is devoted to enriching the spiritual life of Tuskegee University through five areas of concentration:  the weekly All University Worship service, religious instruction, pastoral care and counseling, administration of the Chapel facility and staff, and outreach to the community.  He is a member of the Macon County Minister's Council, providing a liaison to faith-based organizations in the greater Tuskegee community.  He also provides support to the Director of the Wesley Foundation assigned to the TU campus, and provides pulpit supply at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Tuskegee.

In addition, Dr. Gray serves as an Adjunct Faculty member for the Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care. He was recently invited by the Dean of Graduate Studies to serve on the planning committee for the new Master of Arts degree in Bioethics and the Humanities.  He also serves as a member of the Provost' Council of Deans.

Dr. Gray is regularly called upon to serve as keynote speaker or master of ceremonies for both religious and civic activities, including baccalaureate and commencement exercises.

Dr. Gray was recently appointed by the Interim President of Tuskegee University, Chair of the Committee on Convocations and Special Events.

Dr. Gray enjoys long, meditative walks, and is a patron of the arts.  He and his wife, Linda, have one daughter, Kijafa (Kee-yah-fuh), one son, Gregory II, and one grand-son,  Knazir (Nah-zeer).