OC Welcomes Jennifer Gray as Associate Dean Experienced educator will serve the College of Natural and Health Sciences

Dr. Jennifer Gray (77) has returned to OC to serve as associate dean for the College of Natural and Health Sciences.

Gray comes to OC after more than 20 years at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she last served as associate dean and chair of the graduate programs in the College of Nursing. While there, Gray received multiple teaching awards and was named to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

“Jennifer brings exemplary academic accomplishments and a skill set that is exactly what OC needs to grow our nursing program,” said Dr. Jeff McCormack (83), dean of OC’s College of Natural and Health Sciences. “She is an excellent cultural fit with OC who will also help advance our spiritual goals.”

Gray has helped secure $2 million in nursing education funding, written more than 60 research articles and book chapters, and authored multiple nursing education textbooks.

Dr. Scott LaMascus (84), OC’s vice president of academic affairs, said Gray’s talents will have a direct impact in the classroom and help cultivate OC’s strong relationship with the Oklahoma City metro healthcare community.

“Dr. Gray is an amazing alumna whose accomplishments illustrate that OC has a legacy of exceptional strength in natural and health sciences,” he said. “She will help us build on that legacy as the foundation for OC’s strategic focus on growth in training new generations of Christian leaders.”

Gray served as a founding board member of OC’s North Texas Alumni Association and has served on OC’s National Alumni Council. Her husband Randy (71), daughter Jenny Jones (08), and son-in-law, Alex Jones (10) are OC alumni.

“I really believe that OC is home and we are thrilled to be coming back to Oklahoma,” Gray said. 

Summer 2015

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