Van Gray To Lead Baylor Strategic Planning Office

April 22, 2002
News Photo 309Dr. Van D. Gray, associate professor of management in the Hankamer School of Business, has been appointed to the newly created position of associate vice president for strategic planning and improvement.

by Larry D. Brumley

Baylor University President Robert B. Sloan Jr. today announced the appointment of Dr. Van D. Gray, associate professor of management in the Hankamer School of Business, to the newly created position of associate vice president for strategic planning and improvement, effective May 1. Dr. Gray will report to David R. Brooks, vice president for finance and administration.

In his new position, Dr. Gray will manage the overall strategic planning process for both academic and administrative units, including development of strategic plans that support Baylor 2012, the university's 10-year vision.

"I am very pleased that Dr. Gray has accepted the challenge of strategic planning and improvement for Baylor University. His area will be critical in moving Baylor 2012 from a vision to a plan of action," Brooks said. "The university's financial resources will be allocated on the basis of quality strategic plans for each academic and administrative area of the university. Dr. Gray's intimate knowledge of Baylor and our vision will allow him to have significant success very quickly. His years of experience in similar projects in the private sector also will be invaluable."

Dr. Gray joined the Baylor faculty in 1986 after teaching operations management and computer science for seven years in the MBA program at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He currently serves on the MBA core faculty at Baylor and teaches the production/operations management course in the business school's EMBA program in both Dallas and Waco. He received Baylor's Distinguished Professor Award in 1994.

A former academic associate for the Avraham Y. Goldratt Institute in New Haven, Conn., Dr. Gray also is a former senior partner for Goal Systems International and founded and served as president of STF Technologies Inc., the developer of the first facsimile modem for the Apple Macintosh computer.

Dr. Gray is an active consultant in the field of manufacturing planning and control to numerous organizations and has provided education and assistance to Fortune 100 and 500 firms. His consulting activities have included for-profit and not-for-profit organizations within the aerospace, electronics, food processing, printing, public utilities, information services, microcomputer, equipment manufacturing, health care and telecommunications industries.

A graduate of Houston Baptist University, Dr. Gray holds MBA and doctoral degrees from the University of North Texas.

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